During his time as an athlete Stephen has taken every opportunity to inspire others and will help Families First North East who support children and young adults with additional needs in Hartlepool to shout about their great work.
Back in October the charity invited Stephen as guest speaker to the launch of their Give us a Hand fundraising campaign. The campaign asks the community to give the charity a hand in raising £550 a day to cover the project costs. From after school clubs for children with profound and multiple disabilities to social activities for young people with autism the charity positively impacts on the lives of hundreds of families in the Hartlepool area each year.
Talking about his new role Stephen said “I’m really excited to support Families First North East I believe in their ethos and ambition to help more families. It’s important when you don’t have confidence or belief in yourself that you have a positive support network around you. I’ve seen Families First North East give that life changing personalised support, instilling confidence and raising aspirations. I’d encourage you all to think about how you can help them continue their work now and, in the future”.
It was during the launch of their fundraising appeal the charity realised Stephen is a perfect choice for Patron. His positive outlook and limitless approach to life is something Families First North East encourage in others.
Chair of Trustees, Pamela Hargreaves explains. “We’re honoured Stephen has agreed to join the Families First family. His desire to challenge barriers aligns perfectly with our values to instil confidence in others to live a fulfilled life. For a child with a disability they can face multiple challenges. We play an important role in helping them to socialise, to try new activities and to be independent. Thanks to Stephen we can bring more attention to the important impact we’ve had in Hartlepool for the last 30 years and in the future help more families that need our support”.
Families First North East turn 30 this year, after starting up as a toy library and parent support group the charity now runs over 10 initiative projects from their base on York Road, Hartlepool. To find out more visit www.familiesfirstne.co.uk