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Former soldier embarks on fund-raising mission

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A former Warrington soldier who is bidding to compete at a future Winter Paralympic Games has embarked on a charity fund-raising campaign for Holidays for Heroes.

Steve Hughes, aged 48, who suffers from a degenerative spine condition after being injured while serving in the army, has himself experienced the benefits of the Jersey based charity.

As well as organising the charity events Steve from Appleton, is planning to attempt the official Guinness World record from Lands End to John O’Groats in a manual wheelchair next year.

He will also be raising funds for the Armed Forces para snowsports team as a stepping stone to winter paralympic games.

Steve spent four years in the army, serving in Germany and Northern Ireland before being discharged on health grounds.

He said: “First off I am raising funds for Holidays for Heroes in Jersey who send sick and injured veterans and service personnel on holiday along with their families. We benefitted from a one of these holidays, so I know first hand the benefits they bring.”

“As part of my fundraising year I’ve ve organised two charity functions. First one is an 80s concert at the Parr Hall with Nathan Moore and Owen Paul with special guests Electro80s.

“The second fund-raising event in July is a comedy night with Lee Lard as Peter Kay tribute act, with support from local band The Unholy Wino at The King’s Head pub in Warrington.

“I am looking for as much support as possible to make these events a success.”

For tickets or to offer support for Steve’s fund-raising events email stehughes@ntlworld.com

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