HERO South Yorkshire soldier Ben Parkinson was guest of honour at a fundraising dinner which raised hundreds of pounds for a charity which has helped him in his battle to regain a normal life.
Lance Bombardier Parkinson, from Doncaster, who suffered horrendous injuries in a bomb blast while serving in Afghanistan, was joined during the event by his speech therapist, Judith Schofield of the Headway charity, and mum Diane Dernie, to give a talk about his treatment and recovery.
The dinner was organised by Barnsley Rockley Rotary Club and took place at the Holiday Inn Hotel in the town.
The inspirational event was put together to raise money for Headway, which helps victims of brain injuries.
Organiser Kathy Markwick, a member of the rotary club, who also works for HSBC, said: “We raised around £300 from the event, which was attended by 60 people.
“It was like a double-act when Ben and his mum spoke.
“Judith then talked about Headway’s work with disabled people.
“The event was a huge success.”