Ben raises glass to fundraisers

Members of Armthorpe's Coronation Club raise a glass to Ben's Challenge, after raising �3,500. Pictured with Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson are back L-R Brian Hayes, Deryck Roe, Pete Castle, Robert Hainsworth, Mick Hill, Baz Smith, and Taff Jones. Front L-R are Steve Hardy, Alan Booth, Geoff Smith, and Graham Hall, all of Armthorpe. Picture: Liz Mockler D8474LM
Members of Armthorpe's Coronation Club raise a glass to Ben's Challenge, after raising �3,500. Pictured with Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson are back L-R Brian Hayes, Deryck Roe, Pete Castle, Robert Hainsworth, Mick Hill, Baz Smith, and Taff Jones. Front L-R are Steve Hardy, Alan Booth, Geoff Smith, and Graham Hall, all of Armthorpe. Picture: Liz Mockler D8474LM
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BEN Parkinson has been adopted by the people of Armthorpe.

Those connected to Armthorpe’s Coronation Club either donated cash or helped hold a variety of events such as charity auctions and raffles to raise £3,500.

The money was handed over to brave Lance Bombardier Ben, 26, when he visited the Tranmoor Lane club.

Ben from Bessacarr, lost his legs and suffered horrendous injuries in a mine blast while serving in Afghanistan in 2006. The money will go towards a fund Ben has set up to raise money for the NHS which has helped with his recovery.

Geoff Smith, 53, a senior trustee at the club, said: “We wanted to do something for war heroes and in particular for our own soldiers.

“We loved meeting Ben, we’ve adopted him now - he’s a member of the club.”