Your chance to show Luke much you care

Pte Luke Morrison of Stamford who lost a leg after stepping on an IED in Helmand, Afghanistan

Pte Luke Morrison of Stamford who lost a leg after stepping on an IED in Helmand, Afghanistan

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Wounded paratrooper Luke Morrison, who lost his left foot in an explosion in Afghanistan, is showing remarkable resilience and is recovering well in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. He is determined he will get on with his life and his father Douglas says he is keeping his spirits up.

The Mercury will keep readers informed of Luke’s progress in hospital and at Headley Court rehabilitation centre in Surrey, where he is expected to be transferred.

But we thought it would be good to show Luke and his family just how much local people care. After talking to his dad, we’ve decided to raise funds to buy Luke an iPad, to help those interminably long hours in hospital pass more quickly. Apple’s new iPad 2 is being launched today – and I’m sure everyone will agree it would make a wonderful gift for this brave young man. The iPad 2 comes with wi-fi and 3G (which means they can use the internet where there is a mobile phone signal) and costs £659. The iPad does not come with a charger so this is an extra £17.95 and £20 to £25 for a case.

If you feel able to make a donation please do. We are collecting at our office in Sheep Market, Stamford and at the offices of our sister papers, The Local in West Street, Bourne, and the Rutland Times in South Street, Oakham. You can also send cheques, made payable to Douglas Morrison, to me at the Rutland and Stamford Mercury, Sheep Market, Stamford PE9 2QZ. Mercury readers have over the years responded magnificently to our appeals. This time we’re helping one of Stamford’s own – a young man who put his life on the line in the service of our country.

I hope you will all give generously.