Runner Graham, 85 hands out the cash

Graham (Bell in front) surrounded by staff and residents from Brunswick Gardens Village.
Graham (Bell in front) surrounded by staff and residents from Brunswick Gardens Village.

AN 85-YEAR-OLD volunteer has handed over £760 to two Sheffield organisations after taking part in the 10k Great Yorkshire Run.

Staff and residents at the ExtraCare retirement village in Brunswick Gardens, Woodhouse, sang “For he’s a jolly good fellow” to Graham Bell when he presented a £400 cheque in the gym.

At the same time, the former steelworker, who lives in Retford Road, Handsworth, gave £360 to the Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind, where he also volunteers.

Graham works in the village gym. “I really enjoy getting to talk to everyone and if it’s a bit quiet I do a bit of running around,” he said.

He would like the money to go towards a piece of equipment. “It would be really nice if it went on something that we could see and use, so that we’d know how it had been spent.”

Gym instructor Lyndsey Sadler suggested the money should be used to fund something to thank volunteers such as Graham. “They play a huge role here and it would be great to show them that we appreciate them.”

Graham, who had a double heart bypass 12 years ago after a heart attack, has completed hundreds of marathons and half-marathons since beginning to run aged 55.

Six years ago he received an MBE for his work for local charities.