MP praises Worksop Help for Heroes fundraiser after national honour award

Bassetlaw MP John Mann (left) with Worksop Help for Heroes fundraiser Tony Eaton with his British Citizen Award.

Bassetlaw MP John Mann (left) with Worksop Help for Heroes fundraiser Tony Eaton with his British Citizen Award.

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Bassetlaw MP John Mann has praised the efforts of a generous Worksop man who has raised more than £100,000 for charity - despite being told he would never walk again after a horror crash.

Tony Eaton, aged62, of Meadow Road, Worksop, was nominated to receive a British Citizen Award for his services to volunteering and charity for the past 30 years.

This is despite Mr Eaton being disabled since 1979, after a lorry driver who was over the drink-drive limit hit his vehicle - resulting in him facing a total of 36 operations on his legs, knees, arms, throat, spine and feet.

Mr Mann said: “Tony is a good man – a hard worker who has selflessly committed himself to help raise money for a number of very worthy causes, namely charities that help wounded ex-service personnel and their families.

“He is very deserving of this medal and I am very pleased to hear that he received the award.”

Mr Eaton, was presented with the national honour which recognises “exceptional individuals who work tirelessly and selflessly to make a positive impact on society” at a ceremony at the House of Lords with his wife Julie, last month.

“It was an amazing day, a truly humbling experience,” Tony said.

“It was quite emotional at times and there was a lot of inspirational people there.”

Mr Eaton, is currently the regional manager for Help for Heroes and previously volunteered as an Ambulance first responder.

He has also completed the London Marathon, carried the Olympic Torch in 2012 and has just donated his 88th pint of blood.

“I am lucky to be alive,” he added.