Rooting for a good cause!

Kate McDonald, from the Charitable Funds Department of The Belfast Trust accepting a cheque for �2,500, on behalf of the Cardiac Surgery Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast from Gordon Bell. The cheque is the proceeds from the sale of home grown produce sold from Gordon's Saturday Stall outside The Hub on Burn Road, Cookstown. INMM4513-180ar.
Kate McDonald, from the Charitable Funds Department of The Belfast Trust accepting a cheque for �2,500, on behalf of the Cardiac Surgery Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast from Gordon Bell. The cheque is the proceeds from the sale of home grown produce sold from Gordon's Saturday Stall outside The Hub on Burn Road, Cookstown. INMM4513-180ar.

A COAGH man is selling his home grown vegetables at a weekly stall in Cookstown to raise money for Cardiac Surgery at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.

Gordon Bell had life-saving surgery on June 17, 2009 and was effectively brought back to life by the team of surgeons.

In 2010, Gordon, who admitted he was never the green-fingered sort, planted potatoes and other vegetables on his land, and from then on, his life changed.

“I took the decision, with my Christian beliefs, that I wanted to help other people. I felt I wanted to give something back and to say ‘thank-you’ to those who saved my life and looked after me so well when I was in hospital,” he told the MAIL.

Each year, Gordon has raised a substantial amount of money and since the beginning of August this year, Gordon has taken over a stall outside The Hub on the Burn Road each Saturday.

So far this year, Gordon has raised £2,500 which he presented on Saturday to a representative from the Royal Victoria Hospital.

Read the full story in this week’s Mid-Ulster Mail