Thousands of thanks

GUY Opperman has already collected thousands of pounds in donations for his charity walk of Hadrian’s Wall.

The Hexham MP did the 60-mile trek over six days, which he completed on Monday evening, in part to prove his fitness after undergoing surgery to remove a benign tumour from his brain earlier in the year.

He has received support from residents through his constituency office and the fund-raising website Just Giving. Businesses have also helped to boost the total.

The money will be divided between the Tynedale Community Hospice and the National Brain Appeal, which is dedicated to raising funds for The National Hospital of Neurology and Neurosurgery in London where his operation took place.

Mr Opperman said: “I am so pleased we have been able to raise all this money for these well-deserving causes.

“I would like to thank everyone who has offered me their support and every single penny will be going to support these charities and their volunteers who do so much for others.”

It is hoped that the final total will be more than £4,000.

The 46-year-old also held ‘Ask Guy’ events in the evenings, after finishing a section of the walk, for members of the public to talk to him and local councillors about any issues.

One of them took place in Ponteland Memorial Hall.