At random with Martin Laing week 44

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A pair of troupers

I have to take my hat off to Agnes MacKechnie.

Agnes is the Oban woman who suffered devastating injuries when she was smashed into the air by a hit-and-run driver in the United States a year ago during a holiday.

Thankfully, it seems the City of Bethlehem Police Department has traced the driver of the pick-up truck who, unbelievably, reversed after hitting Agnes to stare at her before racing away.

Let’s hope the US justice system deals with this scoundrel suitably and locks him away for a long time.

Given the level of trauma Agnes suffered, it is a miracle she lived but she puts her survival down to being a Scot and the grit that goes with that characteristically.

Agnes and husband David, when I’ve met them, remain consistently upbeat and cheerful, despite Agnes still facing a series of operations and David having recovered from a triple heart bypass following a cardiac arrest.

It is testament to their resilience and good nature that they are still smiling despite everything that has happened.

What a pair of real troupers.

Deserved accolade

Fiona Bennett has been honoured with a Great Scot award and it could not be more deserved.

Fiona, from North Connel, was so moved by the plight of the Yazidi people after the Islamic State terror group attacked them in 2014, killing hundreds and forcing many women into sexual slavery, that she campaigned to help them.

Fiona, a mum of two wee girls, helped acquire £300,000 worth of medical supplies and raised £14,000 to ship them to Iraq.

It is an amazing achievement and one that quite rightfully has been recognised with the award, run by the Sunday Mail.

Well done indeed, Fiona.

What do you think?

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