Olympic beer to help injured Ben’s charity

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INJURED paratrooper Ben Parkinson raised a glass yesterday after a special brew, Parkinson’s Gold Medale, was named after him.

Brewers were inspired to produce the beer after the 27-year-old from Doncaster carried the Olympic flame through his home town.

He is the most severely injured British soldier to survive the war in Afghanistan war, losing both legs and suffering back and brain injuries when his Land Rover hit a mine.

The limited-edition beer, made by Imperial Breweries of Mexborough, near Doncaster, costs £2.70 a pint, and 10p for every pint will go to Ben’s charity Pilgrim Bandits.

Yesterday, Rotherham MP Denis MacShane called for help for South Yorkshire Olympic hero Paul Goodison, after his family was told they would not all be able to watch him compete.

Goodison’s family bought nine tickets to watch him sail at Weymouth but have now been told only four can attend. The MP said it was “quite wrong”.