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Stafford residents rush to join town community celebration at Unity Fest14

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: July 28, 2014

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STAFFORD folk flocked to join in a community celebration organised by a mental health worker who had vital brain surgery after last year’s event.

Residents rushed to join Unity Fest14 at Stafford Rugby Club on Saturday to help raise awareness and money for the National Brain Tumour Society and Mental Health in Sport..

There was live music, stalls, fun and games for youngsters, as well as food from around the world and a range of information from organisations such as South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

This is the second time the event has been held. Last year’s was sparked from an idea by Stafford mental health worker David Banks, 44, and was so successful it was held again this year.

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Mr Banks, who works at South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust(SSSH), was diagnosed with a benign brain tumour in 2005 after suffering problems with his ear. Tests last year found it had grown but he put off going for surgery until after the Unity Fest, as he was in the middle of organising it.  

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