CHARITY champion Stephen Picton is hoping to smash his £50,000 fundraising target with his final event tonight.
The 39-year-old is aiming to raise the massive sum for charity before he turns 40 tomorrow.
That final event is a fundraiser being staged at the Mayfair Centre, in Seaton Carew.
It comes after Stephen has just racked up more than 3,000 hits on YouTube, having filmed himself singing his own version of Maybe, which is the theme tune to The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams.
Now the prolific fundraiser has a new video of the song, which was designed by Hartlepool cameraman Chris Tritschler and is already attracting hundreds of hits on line.
Chris, 35, who lives near Ward Jackson Park, has featured on the credits of programmes including EastEnders, The Office, French and Saunders and the Ricky Gervais Show.
And Stephen’s name is now added to that list after the filming of his charity song.
“I couldn’t believe it when I found out Chris was interested in doing a video for me,” said Stephen, who lives near Blakelock Road, in Hartlepool.
“The response to the last video on YouTube absolutely took my breath away – and now this.
“It looks so good, I can’t believe it’s me.”
Chris says he was aware of all of the good work that Stephen was doing and his mammoth charity efforts, so was more than happy to help out.
He said: “It’s absolutely great to be helping Stephen.
“A lot of the work I do is in London. But this is a local charity and it’s such a worthy cause.”
Dad-of-four Stephen, who is married to Sandy, set himself the target of raising £50,000 before he celebrates his 40th birthday.
He has already raised £44,000 for various charities through previous events and has amassed more than £1,000 thanks to the sales of his charity CDs.
The money raised from the CD sales and from tonight’s event is being donated to Support Your Bowel.
Now people are urged to do their bit for the cause and help Stephen raise the £4,000-plus he needs to complete his challenge.
He told the Mail: “I cant wait for tonight. If it’s anything like the previous charity events it will be absolutely fantastic.”
Stephen will be performing the charity song at the event.
Tickets, priced at £5, are still available and can be bought from Alison McCabe Hairdressers, on the Headland, Streamline Taxis office, in Tower Street, The Glass Shop, in Lister Street, Owton Manor Resource Centre, in Kilmarnock Road, and North East Home Loans, in Park Road, all Hartlepool.
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