Ben Parkinson’s charity barbecue

Generous residents made the most of the warm weather and put on a charity barbecue, raising £1,248 for Ben Parkinson’s charity.

Some 40 people, including Ben himself, attended the event at the home of Ian and Lynn Spowart to raise funds for the Pilgrim Bandits Charity.

Ben, the most severely injured soldier to survive Afghanistan, said on Twitter: “I had the most amazing fantastic time. It was the best BBQ ever!”

Lynn Harrison-Spowart said: “All food and drink was provided by Turkuaz Bar and Grill, of Nether Hall Road. The owner, Ken, was in attendance all day and prepared and cooked all food himself. He even provided a belly dancer for the evenings entertainment.

“Local businesses were very generous and provided an assortment of raffle and auction prizes. Ben won the auction item of the day – a 4 person portable spa, kindly donated by Hydro Active Pools and Spas of Branton.” The Pilgrim Bandits helps and inspires wounded soldiers to live life to the full.