Stephen’s Got Talent

Stephen Picton.
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CHARITY champion Stephen Picton is hoping his fundraising song will earn him a place on the television screens of millions of people.

The madcap cabbie who successful raised a staggering £50,000 before his 40th birthday became, an internet hit with his charity song, Maybe.

The 40-year-old’s version of Thom Pace’s television theme-tune has attracted more than 1,750 YouTube hits.

But far from being content with what he has already achieved, the dad-of-four wants to carry on raising awareness – and this week he will do just that when he makes the trip to Liverpool for his first audition in this year’s Britain’s Got Talent.

If he impresses a panel of judges, Stephen may then get the opportunity to perform the song in front of stars, Amanda Holden, Michael McIntyre and David Hassellhoff when live filming for the 2012 show gets under way.

“It’s exciting,” he told the Mail.

“I am always trying to raise awareness of the song and raise more money for charity.

“A few people mentioned to me that I should give this a go, so I thought why not.”

Stephen, who lives in the Blakelock Road area of Hartlepool with wife, Sandy, has supported a number of charities over the years but has recently dedicated all of his efforts to Support Your Bowel.

He was honoured as Fundraiser of the Year at the Mail’s inaugural Pride of Hartlepool awards.

Stephen says he has been watching re-runs of Britain’s Got Talent from previous years.

But despite the fact he doesn’t really know what to expect at the first audition stage this weekend, Stephen says there are no nerves.

“Me, nervous? Never,” he laughed.

“I just want as many people to know about the song as possible.

“The more people who know about it, the more money we can raise for the cause.

“If I get through and I get the chance to perform in front of the three judges then that will be fantastic. But even if I just get a few more hits and a few more people know about the cause then it has been a success.”

To watch Stephen’s video visit www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk and follow the link on the story.