Fundraiser for paralysed priest
A church has launched a fundraising campaign to support a priest left paralysed after an accident this summer.
The Reverend Canon Norman Lynas suffered serious injuries in a fall and was flown overseas for treatment.
A spokeswoman for the Anglican Cathedral in Hamilton said Canon Lynas has been paralysed from the neck down and was still on a ventilator.
She said: “Canon Lynas has endured several complications and multiple surgical procedures since his accident.
“He is still in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Lahey Hospital in Boston with his wife, Mary-Claire, by his side.
“His daughter, Aly, was able to support her mom and Norman for several weeks by being in Boston, but Norman's sons, Tristan, who lives in Kilkenny, Ireland, and Adam, who lives in Pont a Mousson, France, have been unable to see their dad because of Covid travel restrictions.”
The cathedral launched a gofundme page in an effort to raise money to support Canon Lynas, who was injured after he fell down a flight of stairs on July 30. Donors had contributed $23,000 towards the $1 million goal by yesterday afternoon, six days after the fundraiser was launched.
The campaign page said: “Due to the nature of his injuries, Canon Lynas will need ongoing medical care and rehabilitation. The funds raised will assist with associated costs for his ongoing care.
“In recognition of the extraordinary contributions Canon Lynas has made to the Anglican Church of Bermuda and the wider Bermudian community, The Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity have organised and support this vital fundraising effort.”
The spokeswoman said Canon Lynas was well known because of the number of marriages, baptisms, confirmation services and funerals he had carried out at the cathedral.
He has also served as Anglican chaplain to the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, the Bermuda Sailors Home and as assistant chaplain to the Bermuda Police Service.
The spokeswoman said: “Passionate about his work for God's people in many capacities, you may have also seen and shared time with the canon when he served as a rugby referee at National Stadium or helping with the cathedral lunch programme, and most recently, participating with his wife, Mary-Claire, in the Black Lives Matter walk.”
She added “Canon Lynas was also a member of the English Speaking Union Bermuda book club.
“He is known for his erudite preaching, his knowledge of history and his engagement with every aspect of church life within the Anglican Church and broader community of faith.
“His Irish brogue and rich sense of humour made him a memorable figure in the streets of Hamilton and around the island, often in the company of his wife and their little dog, Katie.”
• For more information about the campaign or to donate, visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/support-canon-norman-lynas