A DETECTIVE from Staffordshire police who suffered a spinal injury has said he is “humbled” at the fundraising efforts of his friends.
Steve Prince, of Rowley Park, was left in a wheelchair following major surgery to remove a cyst on his spine earlier this year.
He said: “I had some pins and needles in my legs, but it all happened so fast. There weren’t really any symptoms and it was very rare.”
Steve, 48, has served Staffordshire police for over 26 years and has been a detective for around ten. Before his injury he was a keen cyclist and raised thousands for charities.
“I’ve always enjoyed fundraising,” he said. “It gives me the motivation to keep fit and I like being able to give something back.
“Next year I’m hoping to raise money for Oswestry Spinal Injuries Unit, which has been really supportive.”
Steve has had to fund several changes to his home to adapt to his new lifestyle, and his friends have embarked on a mission to raise enough money to buy him a specially designed hand pedal bike, so he may continue supporting charities.
His friend Laura Colclough has set up a Just Giving page - justgiving.com/yimby/Theprinceproject#/ - and the group will complete various challenges over the next year.
She said: “Steve was a big fundraiser before his injury and was forever thinking about others - so now it's our turn to help Steve!
“This project is to raise funds to help with the additional financial burden his family has had since his injury. Steve was a very fit bloke and it would be great if we could get him back up racing.”
The first event will be a 90-mile walk along the Staffordshire Way at the end of October, through day and night.
Steve thanked everyone for their support, especially friends Carl Roberts, Laura Colclough and Bill Jackson.
He added: “It’s just awesome. I and my family are astounded and humbled by everyone’s generosity. They’ve been amazing.”
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