Snooker star lends support to charity do

FORMER snooker World Champion John Parrott was the star speaker at a dinner in Mexborough recently to raise money for a spinal research charity.

The snooker ace gave a talk about his glittering sporting career to an audience of over 100 people at the Pastures Lodge.

The dinner raised £880 for Spinal Research UK, which is being supported by Scott Armstrong, a former semi-professional footballer left paralysed in a mountain bike accident.

Event organiser Karen Elliott said: “It was a great night, John was very entertaining.

“Everyone said they had a good time and they gave generously to support the charity.”

Scott, from Mexborough, broke his back when he came off his bike several years ago in Sheffield.

This left the Frickley Athletic striker paralysed from the waist down.

Since the accident in 2003, Scott and his sister Sam Sapey have helped to raise around £50, 000 for Spinal Research, which is developing pioneering treatments for paralysis.

Sam said: “We are so grateful to everyone who donated money to our chosen charity.

“I want to say a huge thank you to Karen, who has worked tirelessly to support Spinal Research and many other charities.”