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Super cabbie who raised £50k for charity up for Pride of Hartlepool award

TOP CABBIE: Stephen Picton

TOP CABBIE: Stephen Picton

HE’S back.

The fundraiser who amassed £50,000 before his 40th birthday has revealed his plan to double the magnificent total.

Hartlepool man Stephen Picton, 43, achieved his initial feat of raising the money for charity in 2011 before taking a break.

He then concentrated his efforts on slimming down from 28st to 17st and is now planning to return to helping worthy causes.

His fantastic efforts prompted one Mail reader to nominate him for a Pride of Hartlepool award.

And while Stephen was delighted to be in the running, winning trophies is not his main aim.

“I am going to start doing the big shows again,” said Stephen who became well known throughout town by organising charity shows. He had to stop when he had a mini gastric bypass operation, a procedure to shrink the stomach, in June last year.

But he now feels so well, he wants to return to fundraising and he’s going to start by running this year’s Miles For Men charity run.

After that, he will perform in Wales to say thank you to the care home which is looking after his dad James, 67, who has dementia.

Once those commitments are out of the way, he will embark on a new series of big charity shows in the Hartlepool area.

Stephen said: “I had the operation in June and I don’t look anything like I used to. I followed everything that they told me to do. All the dietary things and the exercise like bike riding and walking. It has been great.”

But now comes his biggest challenge.

“I have not started running yet but I am going to do Miles For Men and give all the money to Miles For Men.

“I am going to start doing the big shows again and I want to go for £100,000 before I am 50.”

We have had more than 100 people put in nominations for their favourite causes but we still need more.

Ten categories up for grabs in the awards are Sporting Achievement; Community Group; Community Champion; Student of the Year; Fundraiser of the Year; Child of Courage; Local Hero; Green Champion; Emergency Services and Young Performer of the Year.

We are asking readers to nominate that special person or people who have done something that you believe deserves recognition.

It could be anyone from 999 heroes to community champions – help us celebrate those who’ve done their town proud.

You have until early next month to put forward your favourites, and we want to make this a record year for entry numbers – but the only way we can do that is with your help.

Fill in the nomination form in the Hartlepool Mail today, or visit www.hartlepool.mail.co.uk and complete the online entry form.

That way, you can ensure that the people who make Hartlepool proud are the ones who get the praise they deserve.

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