Paralympic athlete backs Sheffield charity which saved him

Courageous: Craig McCann underwent life-saving surgery on a brain tumour at the Hallamshire.
Courageous: Craig McCann underwent life-saving surgery on a brain tumour at the Hallamshire.
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A PARALYMPIC athlete who had life-saving surgery to remove a brain tumour has become an ambassador for a Sheffield charity which helps him.

Craig McCann underwent an 18-hour operation at the Hallamshire Hospital after he was diagnosed with the tumour.

He was left with severe nerve damage to his left hand side, affecting his hearing, sight and balance.

But he spent months on an extensive rehabilitation programme and was spotted at a paralympic potential event.

Craig, of Doncaster, competed in his first Paralympics just two years after taking up wheelchair fencing.

Now he has pledged his support for Sheffield-based charity Neurocare, which raises money for specialist equipment at the neurosciences department at the Hallamshire.

Craig, aged 28, said: “After having life-saving neurosurgery at the Hallamshire in 2004 I am completely thrilled to now be an ambassador for a charity so close to my heart.

“I have experienced first hand the benefits of the work done by the Neurocare team and look forward to helping boost its profile whilst striving to raise as much as possible over the coming years.”

Craig is competing in the Neurocare Fox Trot Trail, an 8km walk, this Sunday, October 7, at Longshaw and also wants to complete the Three Peaks Challenge for the charity next year.

Emma Douglas, head of fundraising and PR, said Craig’s story was inspirational.

She said: “We are so pleased to welcome Craig as a Neurocare Ambassador.

“His story of determination, courage and motivation is nothing short of inspiring.

“I was cheering him all the way when he represented Great Britain in the Paralympic Games last month and I can’t wait to cheer him on again hopefully in Rio.”