I was saddened and shocked this week to hear about the vicious attack that has left 19-year-old Ashley Williams in a coma and fighting for his life (click here for the full story).
I know Ashley, along with his father Patrick and his older brother Ricky and am proud to call them all friends. He is a smashing lad - friendly, witty, kind and totally inoffensive. It is appalling that anybody could have done something like this to such a decent and harmless young man. A 20-year-old man has been arrested and charged with attempted murder - let's hope the courts get to the bottom of this incident and that justice is done.
In the meantime I dearly hope that Ashley comes through this and makes a complete recovery. I will say a prayer for him and implore others to do likewise. For those who don't believe in that kind of thing, please keep Ashley in your thoughts all the same.