Severely disabled Stephen Collins has walked 35 miles in a week and raised hundreds of pounds for Cancer Research UK.

Every step is tough going for him but he did it by walking five miles round Greenhead Park every day for seven days.

He started the week with just over £100 pledged but finished it with £653 and people can still donate here

Last October he did a 5-mile sponsored walk around Greenhead Park and down into Huddersfield town centre which took him five hours. He raised £1,750 for Stand Up To Cancer then, the joint fundraising campaign by Cancer Research UK and Channel 4, after losing both his dad and sister-in-law to cancer.

His latest fundraising venture was a far tougher challenge.

Stephen has cerebral palsy and doctors told his parents when he was born he would never walk but, continually encouraged and supported by his parents, Stephen certainly proved the medics wrong

Stephen, 64, lives in Longwood with wife Sally and they have a grown up daughter, Rose.

He said: “The worst day was when it rained all the time. There was hardly anyone in the park which made it feel really strange. It would have been so easy to turn round and go back home, but I didn’t.

“People who have seen me doing the challenge have been fantastic with everyone so encouraging and some coming up to me to say I inspired them.”

Stephen was well-known as an entrepreneur, running his own mobility equipment business, Lazarus Mobility, and was mentored by Dragons Den star Duncan Bannatyne.

Written by ANDY HIRST who runs his own Yorkshire freelance journalism agency AH! PR ( specialising in press releases, blogging, website content and copywriting.