Two testing triathlons for Stephen ...

Stephen Collins and Suzanne Barton
Stephen Collins and Suzanne Barton

BRIGHOUSE businessman, Stephen Collins, who suffers from cerebral palsy, has taken inspiration from the upcoming Paralympic Games and will aim to complete two testing triathlons and raise money for two worthy causes.

The 53-year-old is a former student at Hollybank, and is currently a regular donor to The Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice via their ‘99ers Scheme’ which is why he has decided to support the two charities.

His first triathlon starts with a five-mile walk in October, followed by a ten length swim in January and to complete the trifecta of sports, an 80 mile bike ride in May.

This will be followed by a trip from John O’Groats to Lands’ End which will be partially completed on foot, partially on his bike, and the rest in his unique 478CC van.

Currently the owner of his own business, Lazarus Mobility, based in Brighouse, providing a wide range of mobility aids from a walking stick to conversions of wet rooms, bathrooms, kitchens and much more, Stephen is preparing to undertake a great challenge but at the heart of it are two worthy causes.

The Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice gives vital support to over fifty children with a life-limiting or life threatening condition, and their families across Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield.

Hollybank Trust based in Mirfield educates, cares for and enriches the lives of over 100 children and young people with severe and complex disabilities, providing quality of life... for life.

Speaking about his challenging events, Stephen was in a confident mood: “My philosophy both in life and in business is to help others as much as I can.

“I have overcome many challenges in my life so far and I want to keep pushing myself, not only to benefit myself but to benefit other people too.”

If you would like to sponsor Stephen, visit his Just Giving Page: www.justgiving.com/Stephen-Collins2

Meanwhile Barbara Akroyd, who worked at Highbury School in Rastrick, carried the torch for the Paralympics in London yesterday ahead of the opening ceremony. She carried the torch around St Paul’s Cathedral.