Hundreds of pounds raised

From left: Stephen Careys younger brother James Bowman, with fund-raiser Chris Gent and Wendy Baston. Chris, who lost his father on Christmas Eve 2015, has raised �435 for The Stephen Carey Fund.
From left: Stephen Careys younger brother James Bowman, with fund-raiser Chris Gent and Wendy Baston. Chris, who lost his father on Christmas Eve 2015, has raised �435 for The Stephen Carey Fund.

A popular Hadston community member who has learning difficulties has raised hundreds of pounds for charity, in memory of his father who died on Christmas Eve.

Much-loved Chris Gent, 47, was inspired to support The Stephen Carey Fund after dad Steve passed away last year after suffering angina – a syndrome caused by a restriction in the supply of oxygen-rich blood to the heart.

Stephen Carey.

Stephen Carey.

The namesake Stephen Carey Fund, set up in honour of the 21-year-old from Alnmouth who collapsed and died while playing football, provides vital life-saving equipment and training.

The Fund is a poignant cause for Chris to raise money for, as Stephen had an undiagnosed heart condition. Tuesday marked the four-year anniversary of Stephen’s death.

Determined Chris took on the Druridge Bay 10k earlier this year and raised £435 for the charity. He was delighted to hand over the cheque last Thursday.

Wendy Baston, also from Hadston, helps to look after Chris. She said: “Chris is a very popular member of the Hadston community and he is very well liked and he wants to thank everyone for their support and sponsorship – he is very grateful and overwhelmed.

“He thinks the Fund is a very worthwhile cause and people gave him a great reception when he finished the Druridge Bay 10k.”

Last year, Wendy was honoured with the Good Neighbour accolade at the Best of Northumberland awards for the support and love that she gives Chris.

Stephen’s mother Joy was delighted at Chris’ gesture. She said: “He has done so well and has touched our hearts. “

She thanked Wendy for supporting Chris’ endeavours.