Brave Ben is hero of fundraiser

Catchline: HEROEB'War hero Ben Parkinson at charity gala dinner.''Pictured: Ben Parkinson, centre, with members of the Rotherham Titans. Back row, Neil Patrick, player, Rob Hannon, Chief Executive, Ben Wade, Assistant Coach, Nick Cragg, Chairman and Rob Copeland, player. Front row,  players Shane Cahill, Semisi Taulava and Talite Vaioleti
Catchline: HEROEB'War hero Ben Parkinson at charity gala dinner.''Pictured: Ben Parkinson, centre, with members of the Rotherham Titans. Back row, Neil Patrick, player, Rob Hannon, Chief Executive, Ben Wade, Assistant Coach, Nick Cragg, Chairman and Rob Copeland, player. Front row, players Shane Cahill, Semisi Taulava and Talite Vaioleti
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WAR hero Ben Parkinson mixed with VIP guests at a Burns Night gala capping a day of fundraising for injured soldiers.

Former soldier Ben, fom Doncaster, who lost both legs in Afghanistan, met Health Secretary Andrew Lansley and Rotherham Titans rugby team at the Magna Centre in Rotherham - where he was hailed a ‘genuine hero’.

A total of £20,000 is due to be raised by events organised by charity PHASE Worldwide, led by Rotherham businessman Nick Cragg.

Money will be split between PHASE to help improve remote Himalayan communities and The Scots Guards Colonel’s Fund for injured guardsman,

Mr Cragg said: “The word hero is bandied around all too readily but Ben Parkinson is the genuine article and we were honoured that he was able to attend to support us.”