A FORMER crane driver at Llanwern steelworks who was recognized with Motor Neurone Illness in June final 12 months has raised greater than £7,000 for charity by staging a raffle.
Stephen Travers, of Bettws in Newport, who labored at Llanwern for 31 years and was additionally a union security rep, stated: “I used to be gutted once I was recognized with MND. I did not know something in regards to the illness.
“My household and I’ve shed a whole lot of tears over it however I am combating it the very best I can with the help of the MND crew and the district nurses.
“The primary symptom I observed was slurred speech and I used to be recognized with vocal twine palsy and acquired speech remedy. The therapist stated she thought I ought to see a neurologist and he recognized MND,” he added.
Mr Travers and his household collected 45 prizes, primarily from household and mates but additionally for native companies together with Llanwern Golf Membership, Bettws Fish and Chip Store and Pores and skin Creations tattoo store.
Prizes included a signed Newport County AFC shirt, a drone, golf lessions, two signed Dragons shirts, hampers, £100 money and bottles of wine.
He stated the goal was to lift £4,000 however they ultimately raised £7,006. He has donated £6,006 to the Motor Neurone Illness Affiliation and the opposite £1,000 to Newport-based St David’s Hospice Care.
Mr Travers, who lives along with his spouse, stated the draw was held sooner than deliberate due to Covid-19 restrictions and the tickets have been drawn by his spouse and daughters.