Stephen close to £50K target

Stephen Picton
Stephen Picton

KIND-HEARTED cabbie Stephen Picton is on target to hit an amazing fundraising target of £50,000 before his 40th birthday.

And for a man born on April 1 – he is deadly serious about achieveing his goal.

The colourful character is also on course for a prestigious award after being put forward for the Mail’s Pride of Hartlepool Awards.

The dad-of-four, who celebrates the landmark birthday in just over six weeks time, has helped scores of good causes over the years.

The charity champion once famously organised a conga along Hartlepool seafront and a haunted walk around the town and has also organised a hots of fun musical evenings and charity nights.

He also played a vital role in raising money for Hartlepool woman Jean Steel to enjoy a dream trip to Blackpool before cancer claimed her life.

To date he has raised a staggering £44,000 and hopes a charity finale at the Mayfair Centre, in Seaton Carew on March 31 will help him hit the magical £50,000 figure.

Stephen, who is married to Sandy, and lives near Blakelock Road, in Hartlepool, is determined to hit his audacious target but still plans to continue fundraising.

Now he has been nominated for a Pride of Hartlepool Award by a number of people whob truly appreciate the work he puts in to help worthy and deserving causes.

The Mail’s Pride of Hartlepool Awards are aimed at those unsung heroes who go that extra mile to help others.

The deadline for nominations is March 5 and a presentation ceremony will be held at Hartlepool College of Further Education at the end of the month.

The awards will recognise and celebrate the achievements of people from all walks of life whose selfless dedication lights up the lives of others and whose actions usually go unnoticed.

There are 12 categories and we are urging you to put forward those special people who you feel deserve to be publicly recognised and honoured.

People who do good deeds for others are usually the type who do it without any thought of public recognition so it is up to all their families, friends and colleagues to put them forward.

Details of how to do that are on the nomination form printed below.

Let’s celebrate and applaud the proud and dedicated people who make Hartlepool special.