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Marie Curie Cancer Care - Great Daffodil Appeal
After Stephen graduated from university, his mother was diagnosed with bowel cancer and looked after by Marie Curie Nurses at home before she died, just six months later, aged 45. A double blow followed in 2005, when Stephen's father died from a brain tumour at home with Marie Curie Nurses at his side.
Stephen said: "I'd just learnt to play the guitar when I left university so I used to sit by mum's bed and play to her, very badly I might add. She seemed to like it but I don't think it would have gone down well on a hospital ward. We had many very special moments with both mum and dad in the relaxed and familiar surroundings of home. Having Marie Curie Nurses there to look after them meant that we could be the family we are without having to worry about anything.
"I'm proud to be supporting the appeal in any way I can and will be wearing my daffodil not only in memory of mum and dad but to support the thousands of Marie Curie Nurses going out to homes across the UK every day."
Download Steve's version of 'House of The Rising Sun' from the Marie Curie Cancer Care Website in return for a donation. You can also listen to a radio advert he has narrated and watch a video of him busking the song on the streets of London. There is also a photoshoot available to view in the our Gallery.
Age Concern - Hungry To Be Heard Campaign
60% of older people are at risk of malnutrition during their stay in hospital, so Steve took part in this viral campaign from Age Concern to help promote their recommended 7 simple steps to combat this problem for all hospitals and NHS Trusts. For more information see the Age Concern website or watch the videos on YouTube.
Salisbury District Hospital - Stars Appeal
Stephen is a Patron of this Appeal (along with Green Wing co-star Julian Rhind-Tutt), which aims to raise money to fund extra care and equipment over and above that provided by the NHS. He and Julian dropped into the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit on Tues 6th February 2007 to see how the Stars Appeal Little Lives Campaign would make a difference to the hundreds of babies that are treated there. Find out more at the Appeal website, and view photos from their visit, the Appeal launch and the Dinner For The Stars event in their Galleries here and here.
There is also a radio interview and more photos on the BBC Wiltshire website.