Local News for Tuesday 30th May 2017
Laura speaks to her parents
Laura Macintyre has spoken to her parents for the first time since sustaining critical injuries during the Manchester bombing last Monday. The 15-year-old Barra schoolgirl was injured, and her friend Eilidh Macleod sustainaed fatal injuries, on Monday night last week. Parents Nan and Micheal Macintyre, who have stayed by her bedside in Manchester, say she is making ‘remarkable progress’ and has been taken off a ventilator, allowing her to speak to them for the first time. In a statement, they said they had been ‘overwhelmed’ by love, help and support from everyone. . They said: “Laura sustained horrendous injuries. The main worries being head and leg injury. She is making remarkable progress. Today she came off the ventilator and is talking and recognising us. She is amazing us every day with her strength and determination. We have a long way to go but we are going in the right direction. We are so lucky to have her. The hospital and the staff are amazing."
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Local News for Monday 19th May 2017
More funds raised for Barra families
There have been further commitments to fundraising for the families of Barra girls Eilidh Macleod and Laura Macintyre. Laura is fighting critical injuries in a hospital in Manchester, and her friend Eilidh lost her life as a result of last week’s terrorist attack in the city. The Stornoway Saltire Celtic Supporters Club decided to donate money raised on Friday from their curry and quiz night to the families, who face costs of travelling from Barra to Manchester, and accommodation in the city. Meanwhile Lewis Pipe Band, who start their summer season with a parade in the Narrows next Saturday at at 3pm, will have collecting cans going round collecting donations to Laura and Eilidh’s families. JustGiving donations on two pages now stand at over £78,000, and the auction of a Celtic football shirt by the Red Hot Chilli Pipers yesterday closed with a £2000 bid.
Read more: Local News for Monday 19th May 2017