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A Bassetlaw support group set up to offer help and advice to amputees across Bassetlaw has been given a special cheque boost from local councillors.

Bassetlaw Amputees Support Group chairman Shaz Cook said she was delighted to receive £450 from district councillors Couns Josie Potts, Brian Hopkinson and John Shephard.

“I would like to say a big thanks for this donation - it’s really going to help the group,” she said.

“Bassetlaw is a really wide-ranging area and we have many members coming from a long way. This money will help us to hire the room at the Crossing in Worksop, where we hold our monthly meetings.”

Mum of two, Shaz, 40, of Featherstone Avenue, was born with spina bifida and suffered three-and-a-half years of pain with ulcers on one leg before it was amputated in 2008.

When the same problem started with the other leg the year after, she made the decision to have it removed as well.

It was while she was going for physio at Bassetlaw Hospital and seeing so many other amputees that she decided to set up a support group.

Said Shaz: “I was determined to walk again with the help of prosthetic legs, and got there with detemination and a lot of hard work. You can’t keep a fighter down.”

Coun Potts said she was proud she and fellow councillors were able to support such a worthy cause.

“I have known Shaz since she was a young girl and I have got so much admiration for her,” she said.

“She wants to do something for other people who are in the same situation so that they don’t feel as though they are segregated.”

She added: “Shaz has so much aspiration and get up and go, despite all the difficulties and trouble she has gone through.”

To find out more about the group, which meets on the second Tuesday of every month, call 07858 671198.