Paralympic star launches fundraising appeal

Gold medal paralympian Stephen Miller MBE has launched a funding campaign to help add to his extensive medal collection.

Friday, 19th July 2019, 15:21 pm
Updated Friday, 26th July 2019, 13:30 pm
Stephen Miller at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.

The 39-year-old, from Cramlington, is looking for fresh sponsorship and support for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.

Stephen, who has dedicated more than half his life to the sport he loves, has represented Great Britain in every major championship since 1995, winning more than 25 international medals in athletics seated throws events.

He worked his way back from total hip replacement surgery after London 2012 to compete and win Bronze at his sixth Paralympics in Rio.

Stephen is currently on the World Class Performance Programme and receives financial support to help cover core training and living costs.

But he is looking for help with the cost of a new electric wheelchair and a new vehicle, both essential to his training and daily life.

Although Stephen has some loyal sponsors providing services and products in kind as well as financial sponsorship in the past, he has teamed up with Pledge Sport to appeal to sponsors and supporters to help him on his journey to Tokyo 2020.

Stephen’s sporting achievements have inspired many people while his voluntary work has helped others through coaching and mentoring, supporting charities through patron/ambassador roles.

Stephen, who is looking to round off his athletics career in Tokyo, said: “Anybody that knows me will know I’ve never been one to ask for help, I’m incredibly stubborn and fiercely independent.

“However, as I begin my journey towards what could be my last Club Throw at the Paralympics in Tokyo 2020, I’m appealing for a bit of extra support to help with certain costs for things that make a massive impact on my training and my life.

“Any support I receive will be hugely appreciated and I promise I will give it my best shot to be in the team for Tokyo and to win a medal.”

Residents or businesses who want more information or to make a donation visit www.pledgesports.org/projects/tokyo-2020-vision/