A Salford student nurse who spent his childhood in care has raised almost £2,000 for the NSPCC – after taking on a series of the most gruelling obstacle courses in the country.
Stephen Burn, completed six of the toughest courses in the UK, in just two months, which included The Great North Run, Tough Mudder and Total Warrior.
The 33-year-old accomplished the so-called ‘Killer 6’ dressed in full-military uniform, boots and a 35lb backpack – but said it was the pain of his troubled childhood that spurred him on.
He told MM: “What happened to me as a child has spurred me on most of my life. I always want to do better and I always like to help promote things like the NSPCC to help make sure kids have a voice and the support they need.
GRUELLING: Stephen completed six of the hardest obstacle courses in the UK, known as the ‘Killer 6’
“The NSPCC helped me as a child and was a massive support to me so if I can help other children through raising money or even if I can just help promote the services that are on offer and let people know they are there, then that’s brilliant.
“I like to be proactive and try and help people rather than whinge about what happened to me. I spent a few years in the ambulance service and before that I was in the fire service and now I’m training to be a nurse because I want to make a difference and use that negative situation to positively affect my future.”
The fitness fanatic, who was raised in Heaton, and now lives in Manchester, has raised £1,637 for the charity through sponsorships on his JustGiving page.
HUZZAH: Stephen has managed to raise his intend target of £1,500
Speaking about the Killer 6, he said: “There were times when I thought what am I doing but I like a challenge and I like to push myself to make myself better.
“I want to promote that being healthy and having a positive mental attitude can give you a better mindset and help you deal with things.
“I didn’t expect in a million years I could raise as much as I have, it’s been phenomenal and I can’t thank everybody enough.”
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