Stephen steps out to take on fund-raising challenge

Stephen King raised �265 for the Pottergate Centre in Alnwick by undertaking the 18 mile Northumberland Coastal Challenge. Setphen was accompanied on the walk  by Linda Glendinning, his support worker from Northwinds in Seahouses where Stephen lives.
Stephen King raised �265 for the Pottergate Centre in Alnwick by undertaking the 18 mile Northumberland Coastal Challenge. Setphen was accompanied on the walk by Linda Glendinning, his support worker from Northwinds in Seahouses where Stephen lives.
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A north Northumberland man has put his best foot forward to raise funds for the day centre which supports him.

Stephen King, 44, has learning difficulties and lives in Seahouses.

He is helped by support worker Linda Glendinning, of Turning Point, and since 2009 he has turned his life around by getting involved in numerous activities including the camera club, cookery and craft classes at an outreach centre in Seahouses and has joined the local leisure club.

He is also a regular at the Pottergate Centre in Alnwick, where he takes part in Rhythm Stix, the drumming band.

Stephen is no stranger to raising money for charity.

He has completed the Great North Walk to raise funds, but wanted to push himself a bit further and raise money for something that has helped him as well. So he decided to do the coastal challenge.

Stephen managed 18 miles of the 26-mile course and in doing so he raised £265 for the Pottergate Centre.

He visited the staff there last week to hand over the funds.

Linda said: “ I think he is amazing. Everything he does he is so proud of.

“He loves the praise and I was just thrilled to bits for him when he completed the challenge.

“He decided to raise money for Pottergate because he loves it there. He loves being active and busy and gets involved in everything.

“He made a speech and everything when he handed the cheque over.

“He was chuffed to bits and everyone applauded him.”

Stephen spends two days a week at the outreach centre in Seahouses and two at the Pottergate Centre.

Turning Point helps people get involved in activities and events which helps improve their way of life.