9:00am Sunday 19th August 2012
By David Hardiman
An Edgware boy who held a sponsored walk to central London has raised nearly £3,500 for a charity who helped when his father suffered a stroke.
Ben Timan, 11, of Redhill Drive, has now raised £3,338 for the Stroke Association after the ten-mile walk from his home to the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in Queen Square last weekend.
His father Sas received life-saving surgery from the doctors at the hospital last August when he suffered a severe stroke to the left side of his brain, leaving him paralysed on the right side of his body and with memory loss.
And mum Niran said she was “so proud” of Bren, who picked the date for his walk as it was a year to the day of Sas’ operation at the hospital. His dad was there to greet him at the finish line.
Niran said: “The walk was his idea and he involved all his friends at school to raise even more money for the charity.”
And she revealed that after the <i>Harrow Times</i> featured Ben’s challenge last week, the family had even donors from afar come to help him reach his fundraising target.
She added: “We had a surprise visit from Frank Tew from South Harrow on August 10.
“He had read about Ben in the newspaper and travelled on the bus to our house to give Ben a £30 donation and to tell us what he thinks about Ben's bravery to take this challenge.”
The Michael Sobell Sinai School pupil had already raised more than £2,000 for the charity, gathering hundreds of pounds for today’s challenge through wear-your-trainers days at school and collections at the school gate.
For more information and to add to Ben’s total, click <a href="http://www.justgiving.com/timan">here</a>.
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