A thousand thanks

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The family involved in the car crash north of Luskentyre on Easter Monday would like to sincerely thank everyone involved in their rescue and care afterwards:

To everyone who stopped; the man with the knife which enabled 2 passengers to cut themselves out of trapped seat belts; the family who looked after two of the cold, shocked and bruised children and our wet dog, Shep!

The fire crews from Tarbert and Leverburgh were amazing and seemed to be there so quickly and managed to calm us and even make us laugh throughout the tricky operation of getting Grandpa out of the car.

We were so impressed with the care shown to us by Tarbert and Stornoway police, way beyond the call of duty!

The ambulance crews were so kind and efficient, the coastguards, the air ambulance team and the absolute angels who work at the Western Isles Hospital for looking after us all so well, particularly 10 year old Sam.

Grandpa specifically wants to say “Thank you for considering me worth saving!” He is still in hospital in Glasgow but has made miraculous progress and is now talking, laughing, eating and beginning to sit up. Having drained half the loch from his lungs, all tubes and drains have been removed and the staples from his head wound are out now too.

People we already knew on the island and people we didn’t, members of the Scottish Episcopal Church (where we had celebrated Easter Sunday the day previously) all supported us incredibly in thought, action and prayer.

We are eternally grateful to you all - proof that the Isles of Harris and Lewis are very, very special places! Hopefully we will see you again before too long in happier, less dramatic circumstances!

A thousand thanks and may God bless you all.

Gavin, Rebecca, Caitlin, James & Sam Large

Ian & Rosemary Hinton

& Shep the dog

Tunbridge Wells,Kent