Lifetime achievement award for Newport MS charity fundraiser
1:32pm Thursday 24th October 2013 in Gwent news
A NEWPORT man with multiple sclerosis who has raised almost £50,000 for charity has won a lifetime achievement award.
Stuart Nixon, 49, a trustee of the Multiple Sclerosis Society (MSS) has lived with the debilitating effects of MS for 30 years and has used a wheelchair for the last 15 of those.
On October 16 Mr Nixon went along to the annual MS Society Awards, at The Dorchester in London, where he won the lifetime achievement award for his tireless work raising awareness and money for the society.
He attended the award ceremony just three days after completing ‘Stu Steps Up – 100,000 steps for MS’ - named in recognition of the number of people in the UK with MS.
He set himself the target of walking 60 kilometres through London to celebrate the work of, and aims to raise £60,000 for MSS to celebrate 60 years of the charity.
Mr Nixon used a walking frame specially designed by students at Northumbria University. The frame supported his immobile leg while his ‘good’ leg, and upper body strength, propelled him along. He, along with his support team, walked for 6 hours a day for nine days to complete the 60km journey.
The 49-year-old, who is married with three sons, completed the walk alongside his wife Marie, eldest son Sean and fellow volunteer Tony Knappett.
Speaking to the Argus after the event, he said: “Winning the award was absolutely unexpected and out of the blue. The ceremony was held to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the society, to recognise the work the society has done over the last 60 years.
“I was lucky enough to be nominated by someone and received the award, but it was a complete surprise, i had no idea – i had actually nominated someone else who i thought would win."
Mr Nixon has been a trustee of the society for the past six years and before that was chairman of the South Wales branch of the society and a member of the MS Cymru council.
Mr Nixon added he could not have done it all without the support he has received, especially from his wife, Marie.
He said: “Marie came up on stage with me to accept my award, which was lovely and very important to me because everything I have achieved been done as a partnership. Her coming up on stage with me was the icing on the cake."
So far Mr Dixon has raised £46,472.16. To donate visit www.justgiving.com/stustepsup
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