Sheffield man’s hospital mission

Tom Stoker with his mum Carol and sisters Carrie and Rosie.
Tom Stoker with his mum Carol and sisters Carrie and Rosie.
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A man who has had seven brain surgeries in Sheffield – one while awake – is joining a charity race to help other patients.

Tom Stoker, aged 23, had a brain cyst and rare tumour which has required a complex range of operations as well as radiosurgery at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital.

Despite that, he went on to complete his English literature degree at Sheffield University and collected an academic prize.

Now Tom, who has been left with reduced mobility in his right side, is to take on a fresh challenge by joining the Head Start run for charity Neurocare this month.

Tom said: “Supporting Neurocare is incredibly important to me personally, as it funds equipment and lots of other invaluable projects for both patients and relatives on the neurological ward.”

Tom’s family raised more than £1,400 by taking part in the run at Rother Valley Country Park last year.

His mum Carol said: “We know how hard the team worked at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital to help get Tom better and the care was fantastic.”

The run has 5km and 10km courses on Sunday, April 27. Entry costs from £10 and money raised will help fund life-saving neurological equipment and research.

n To sign up, visit Neuro Care