Charity champion Stephen Picton relief after health scare

Stephen Picton in his taxi.
Stephen Picton in his taxi.

Charity champion Stephen Picton was admitted to hospital after a health scare.

The community stalwart, who has helped to raise thousands for Hartlepool causes and sick children, spent the night in the University Hospital of North Tees in Stockton after he complained of feeling unwell.

Lee Wilmot and Stephen Picton.

Lee Wilmot and Stephen Picton.

It was feared he had suffered a stroke as he felt numb down one side of his face.

But the popular taxi driver told of his relief after tests found it was trapped nerves.

He is now back home.

Stephen, who is married to Sandy, told the Mail: “I just felt really unwell. They thought I had a stroke but it’s trapped nerves in my neck.

“I was worried sick.”

Scores of well wishers sent get well messages on social media after hearing of his health scare.

Stephen said he was shocked and moved by them.

Last month, he and friend Lee Wilmot raised more than £4,600 for Hartlepool nine-year-old Alfie Smith, who has cerebral palsy.

They hitch hiked 600 miles between Land’s End and John o’Groats while dressed as Superman.

Last year, Stephen led fundraising for three-year-old Lyla O’Donovan who underwent surgery for a brain tumour.

The Miles for Men team member also previously began a campaign to make town youngster Keisha Watson, who has leukaemia, a princess for a day.

The campaign was widely supported by caring people across the town.

And he helped to organise a Splash For Cash charity dip at Seaton Carew last year to help raise money for Bradley Lowery.

Stephen’s good work saw him recognised when he was nominated for the Daily Mirror’s national Pride of Britain awards.

He was one of just four people shortlisted to represent the Tyne Tees region.

He said at the time: “I don’t go looking for things to do. I get approached and if it touches my heart or I feel affected by it I will go for it 100%.”