MP helps out with charity, just days after brain surgery

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A NORTHUMBERLAND MP has already helped to organise a charity event in Ponteland, just days after undergoing brain surgery.

Guy Opperman was recently released from the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery following a successful operation earlier this month and he is recuperating at the home of his parents in Wiltshire, the county where he was born.

However, he has still contributed to the setting up of a quiz night at The Diamond Inn tomorrow in aid of the Great North Air Ambulance Service by arranging the venue and organising prizes for the raffle.

The event, which starts at 8pm, will be hosted by a group of young volunteers from Mr Opperman’s Hexham constituency.

He said: “I know only too well myself how much of a shock sudden illness can be and organisations such as the Great North Air Ambulance Service do an amazing job.

“Since my election just over 12 months ago, I have been keen to support and fund-raise for local charities and it seems fitting to organise an event for this life-saving charity, even if I may not be able to attend myself.”

The 46-year-old was admitted to hospital in London after feeling unwell in the House of Commons.

He was diagnosed with a non-malignant meningioma. This is a tumour of the meninges, which are the protective membranes around the brain and spinal cord.

Amy Hudson, 18, who is leading the group of young people organising the quiz with Mr Opperman, said: “We are all very pleased that Guy is making a good recovery, and we are keen to help him raise money for this fantastic charity.

“I am sure it will be a fantastic night, everyone is welcome.”