Knights of Saint Columba: November 2020

By David Keane

We report this month on the outstanding efforts of Brother Frank Redmond, our former supreme knight and council 9 member, in raising more than £3,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Frank, who celebrated his 90th birthday on 29 October, completed a five-mile walk in September to help raise funds for dementia care and, more specifically, for the care home in which his dear wife Ann has been a long-time resident. Frank undertook his walk along Otterspool Promenade, accompanied by his daughter Sue. They are pictured together (right) during a brief stop along the way.

He succeeded in generating this impressive total thanks to support from family, friends and fellow KSC members. The fund-raising venture has been enabled by the Just Giving website and if any readers wish to make a contribution, they should visit:

Frank and his family were unable to visit Ann for six months due to the restrictions imposed because of the Covid-19 pandemic. When these curbs were briefly lifted, they could make one visit before further restrictions were imposed. We are very proud of Frank's achievement and are certain that fellow members of the order will feel the same way when they hear of it. Brother Ray Pealing, the provincial grand knight, sent him an email congratulating him on behalf of all brothers in the province.

Note: Shortly before going to print, we learned that Anne Redmond had died in the nursing home during the night of 30 October. We extend our deepest sympathy to Frank and his family, and our thoughts and prayers are with them at this time of great sorrow. Eternal rest grant to her O Lord and may perpetual light shine upon her.

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