Charity boost after MP hands over walk cash

Walk: Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield and Conservative MP Guy Opperman on the Pennine Way.
Walk: Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield and Conservative MP Guy Opperman on the Pennine Way.
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A POLITICIAN who battled back from a brain tumour has handed over £1,000 of fundraising cash to a health charity.

Paul Blomfield, Labour MP for Sheffield Central, walked the first part of the Pennine Way to mark the first anniversary of the removal of his benign, meningioma tumour earlier this year.

He completed the journey with Conservative MP Guy Opperman – who has also recovered from the same ordeal – as well as organising a fundraising evening.

Paul has now handed over the £1,068 sponsorship raised to Headway in Sheffield, which supports survivors of brain injuries and their families.

He said: “Being an MP gives me a platform to highlight good causes.

“In August, I marked the first anniversary of my successful recovery by raising funds for Headway Sheffield.

“They are a local charity that provides fantastic help and support to people in Sheffield who have been affected by brain injury and their families.

“I’m delighted that we were able to raise the grand total of £1,068 to support Headway’s work.”

Headway, based in Upperthorpe, offers welfare advice, social events and coffee mornings for patients in a supportive atmosphere.

It relies on volunteers and needs more money to increase its activities.

Helen Shakespeare, chairman, said: “Headway Sheffield would like to thank Paul for all his efforts in fundraising for and helping to raise awareness of the wider impact of brain injury.

“The money Paul has raised will be spent providing much needed support for survivors of brain injury and their families and carers in Sheffield.”