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Grotton Man Plans Coast To Coast Charity Challenge

(picture: Steve Bradley)

A fundraiser from Grotton will take part in an epic coast-to-coast walk this month, to raise money for a charity which helps his son, who has Cerebral Palsy.

Steve Bradley is planning to follow the route of Alfred Wainwright’s 192-mile route from the Cumbrian coast to Whitby in North Yorkshire.

He’s doing it in aid of the Stick ‘n’ Step centre, a Merseyside-based charity which helps youngsters from across the north west tackle their disability.

Steve’s five-year-old son Dylan goes to to the centre twice a week, and he says he’s “come on leaps and bounds” since he started visiting.

In an e-mail to Saddleworth News, Steve said: “The name Stick ‘n’ Step may sound odd but it’s due to the fact that many of the children use walking sticks to learn to walk correctly, and as they learn they move their sticks and say ‘Stick… and step… stick… and step.'”

He added: “They also try to promote speech through singing, and this has really brought Dylan on. He now sings to most songs, and last week it was Bon Jovi’s Livin’ On A Prayer. I was once told that like me he isn’t the best singer but he certainly is the loudest!”

Steve also said that the centre currently helps 67 children from babies to teenagers, but as it doesn’t receive any government funding it needs to raise £250,000 each year through donations just to keep going.

Steve, who lives in Grotton with wife Michelle and Dylan’s younger brother Oscar, will be setting off in a week’s time, that’s 13 July. And if you happen to spot him on the way you’ll be able to tell it’s Steve, because he’ll be doing the whole walk dressed as Batman!

Anyone wanting to help Steve’s appeal can visit a JustGiving page by clicking here.

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