Why we never give up hope

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THE incredible story of Susan Marshall is a triumph of the human spirit.

A car crash 32 years ago in South Africa left her suffering amnesia and unable to remember anything of her past.

Brought up by the family who found her in their field, her relatives in South Yorkshire never gave up on her.

They always hoped she would get in touch despite the heartache.

Amazingly, thanks to a combination of her memory returning and the power of social media, Susan is now back in Rotherham.

Her family’s devotion was typified by her father and mother, Colin and Mavis, who never left the house in Holmes, Rotherham, where they were living when Susan lost contact, in the hope she would return.

Sadly, both died three years ago, but Susan is now rebuilding her life with sisters Dawn, 58, Gail, 54, and Julie, 51, and her brother Colin, 39.

Their heart-warming story shows one of the greatest gifts we possess - hope. And we should never give up hoping.

How could they stoop so low?

THERE are some things in life that simply defy belief - and the act of defecating a war memorial has to be one of them.

Anyone who witnessed the acts of Remembrance on Sunday, listened to the Last Post, or heard the words of war veterans who paid their respects to the fallen, will be filled with horror and disgust at the act of one sick individual.

That person left their excrement on the war memorial in the village of High Melton the night before Remembrance Sunday - so that residents turned up to see it there the next morning.

As the Mayor of Doncaster Peter Davies says in this newspaper today, this is an unspeakable act of dishonour - especially in a borough that has one of its war veteran heroes Ben Parkinson in its number.

We cannot understand the mentality of anyone who would stoop so low on the eve of the day when a nation paused to pay thanks for those who sacrificed so much.

More than a phone

ON the face of it five mobile phones stolen every day in the city centre does not sound too many.

But when you think that is five a day every day this year, then the figure begins to stack up.

Nowadays, mobile phones are far more than just communication devices, and to some, carry so much importance to people’s lives. The message is simple, if you value it, take more care of it.