Wirral man completes inspirational fundraising challenge for RNLI

Steven Wharton who has cerebral palsy completed eight laps of the car park at Royden Park, Frankby – by pushing his walking aid with one hand. So far, his inspirational challenge has raised over £2,350 for the RNLI.

Crowds cheered on the fundraiser as he reached the finish line of his 1,600-metre route around the car park.

The 40-year-old has been training incredibly hard since March for the challenge, which has impressed his support workers, who were initially under the impression he was taking part in an organised event.

Support worker Derek McCallister said, “Finding out that Steven had come up with this idea himself and set himself this difficult challenge really is amazing. He really is incredible and touched a lot of people’s hearts with his strength and agility to do this walk with his rollator.

“Every chance we’ve had has been spent training I have taken him to different lifeboat stations and proudly took photos of outside. I’m so deeply proud of him for what he is doing and the fact he is doing this for a lifesaving charity.

Debs Mahon, Fundraising and Partnership Lead for the RNLI added, “‘To say Steven is an inspiration really is an understatement. We are all incredibly touched that he has come up with this exceptionally tough personal challenge to raise funds to support our charity.

“The RNLI relies on voluntary contributions and legacies for income and is so grateful to people such as Steven for thinking of others, and helping our crews to continue saving lives at sea.”

To support Steven please visit his Just Giving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/stevenrnli

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