Paralympian praises pub’s fundraising feat

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A FORMER serviceman turned Paralympian swooped in on a Sheffield pub to hand over cash raised for injured troops.

Cycling silver medallist Jon-Allan Butterworth was guest of honour at The Beehive in Harthill, where he presented a cheque for £100,000 to the charity Help for Heroes.

The cash was raised by Tetley’s pubs, including The Beehive, up and down the country who supported its Raise a Glass campaign to help armed servicemen and women.

Staff from the Sheffield pub celebrated Armed Forces Day by tackling the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge earlier this summer.

Jon-Allan, who had to have his left arm amputated after being hit in a rocket attack while he serving in Iraq, said: “I am so pleased that I have been able present the cheque to Help for Heroes.

“I’ve seen first-hand how the money raised for this charity can change people’s lives and would like to thank everyone at Tetley’s for their support. Congratulations to all those who completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, their fundraising efforts really will make a difference.”

The money is set to be invested in the development and maintenance of Tedworth House, a rehab centre in Wiltshire which opened earlier this year. It provides wounded troops will a full range of welfare, medical, rehabilitation, education and resettlement facilities.

Emma Swan, landlady of The Beehive, said: “This summer we hosted a real ale festival in aid of Help for Heroes.

“It’s such a worthwhile cause and we are so proud to have been able to contribute to the total raised.”