A life-changing wartime Christmas

December 8, 2020Real lives

Crouched down, seasick and cold, Albert Hewitt peered into the dark Atlantic night.  Any enemy submarines around?  With swell as high as the dummy funnel he’d climbed, he couldn’t see much.  At 4am, the end of his four hour watch, Albert found himself unable to descend, so spent another miserable four hours up there.  What … Read More

One wartime weekend

August 13, 2020Real lives

Emerging from her Covid-hibernation in time for her ninetieth birthday, Rita remains a lively character.  Welcomed into the world as the source of a few more union pennies during the bitter miners’ strike, Rita’s resilience no doubt owes much to her Lancashire roots.  But it was events from her school-leaving weekend, aged 14, that have … Read More

When Covid Stops Cancer Treatment (2/2)

May 21, 2020Coronavirus, Real lives

In a previous post, we heard how Caryll’s life experiences are crucial to her as she lives with cancer.  After becoming a Christian in her native South Africa, she learned about God’s care of her as a doctor on St Helena.  In this second and final post, we find out about Caryll’s time as a … Read More

When Covid stops cancer treatment (1/2)

May 14, 2020Coronavirus, Real lives

A cutting-edge cancer drug had been providing respite for retired doctor, Caryll Coats.  But coronavirus shielding has created a terrible problem.  With a suppressed immune system she cannot attend hospital appointments lest she catch Covid-19 at hospital.  The new treatment that had been preventing the cancer from progressing has stopped.  How does she cope? Caryll’s … Read More