INJURED soldier, Ben Parkinson, will be special guest at this year’s Troop Aid black tie ball.
The serviceman lost both his legs in a Taliban bomb, and was told by doctors that he would never walk again.
But last week, the 26-year-old, who was injured in the explosion four years ago, walked 100 yards – raising money for the Solihull charity.
Now he will be guest of honour at the Troop Aid ball, to be held at the National Motorcycle Museum, on September 10.
Last year’s black tie event raised £13,800 to provide basic essentials to injured troops at Birmingham’s QE Hospital, and out in Afghanistan.
Linda Stokes, organiser, said that this year’s ball promised to be the biggest yet.
The £50 tickets include a three course meal, entertainment by comic Ian ‘Sludge’ Lees, and the chance to enter a charity auction.
Tickets are available on 07714036007 or online, at www.troopaid.info./