Steve raises over £5k for Joseph

Stephen and Nicola Warren, baby Eliza-Rae with Steve and Linda Flanagan.
Stephen and Nicola Warren, baby Eliza-Rae with Steve and Linda Flanagan.

A fundraiser has completed a mammoth challenge to support a Wallsend youngster.

Steve Flanagan, 58, completed his 600 miles in 100 days challenge, raising more than £5,000 for Go ‘Jo Jo’ – a trust fund set up to buy essential equipment and therapy to help Joseph Warren walk.

Joseph’s parents Nicola and Stephen have thanked Steve for his support, which has helped them buy a special bike, walking frame and beach buggy.

Joseph, nine, was diagnosed with hydrocephalus before he was born. But it left him brain damaged, resulting in cerebral palsy affecting his limbs. He also has problems with his eyesight, speech and muscles.

However, he maintains independence thanks to his wheelchair and takes part in family activities.

Steve said: “To raise over £5,000 is a remarkable achievement. A big thank-you to those for their generous donations.”

“Major praise is reserved for Kath Nixon, of the Out of Sight charity, and my wife Linda for offering great support throughout.

“I am now enjoying a well-earned rest, well, until my next challenge.”

Out of Sight are a charity who support children like Joseph who are visually impaired and living in North Tyneside.