FORMER soldier Ben Parkinson was presented with a £5,000 donation to his charity The Pilgrim Bandits - which helps and inspires wounded soldiers.

Paratrooper Ben, from Doncaster, suffered horrific injuries in a bomb attack in Afghanistan in 2006 and lost both his legs.

He was presented with a cheque at a service of remembrance held by the Barnsley and district branch of The Parachute Regimental Association.

The money was raised by events at the Goldthorpe Reform Club, Darfield Road WMC and collections at Asda stores in the Barnsley area.