THE STAR SAYS: Sheffield’s Sean Bean restores faith in human nature

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You can take the man out of Sheffield, but you can’t take Sheffield out of the man.

Sean Bean might have left Sheffield years ago to pursue his Hollywood dream, but once again this week the Handsworth-raised actor proved that he has by no means forgotten his roots.

The gravelly-voiced movie star has donated his vintage 1973 Land Rover to be auctioned off with all proceeds going to Weston Park Hospital.

Supporting a Sheffield charity is a fantastic act of generosity from the ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ star.

Too many so-called ‘stars’ have forgotten where they come from, but not Sean.

There can be few Sheffielders who haven’t had a relative or friend who has benefited from cancer treatment at the hospital, or indeed benefited personally from the superb care the facility offers.

It is not surprising that it is close to the hearts not only of people living in the city now, but also people like Sean who were raised here and have since moved away.

Sean Bean’s donation is not the only example of altruistic largesse which we report upon in The Star today.

We bring you the story of Karl Wiley who has taken to charity boxing bouts to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.

The 36-year-old was inspired to support the charity by his late grandmother, who died as a result of the terrible disease.

There are some bad things happening in the world at the moment, things that can justifiably lead you to question your faith in human nature.

But this faith is soon restored when you read about the exploits of the likes of Karl Wiley and Sean Bean.

The best thing is these are just the tip of a very large iceberg.

We are now in the festive season, the time for giving, and I am looking forward to publishing more heartwarming stories of genuine generosity in The Star over the coming weeks.

The people of Sheffield are known for their warm and generous nature, as demonstrated today by Sean and Karl.

There is no better time than now to think about what you can do and give for others.