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Pensioner takes to tuk-tuk to heal hearts

21 August, 2017
Steve Gibbs with his tuk-tuk outside Specsavers Wisbech
Steve Gibbs with his tuk-tuk outside Specsavers Wisbech

A pensioner has stopped by the Wisbech Specsavers store en route to complete a 3,000-mile tour of the UK in a tuk-tuk for children’s charity Healing Little Hearts.

Steve Gibbs, 77, departed Specsavers in Wigston last month on his 21-day journey to raise much needed funds for the charity, which his daughter Helen Craddock, a paediatric sister at a hospital in Bristol, works closely with.

A helping hand

After travelling to Malaysia with Healing Little Hearts to help with operations on children with heart defects, Helen asked Steve to fundraise for the charity so she and other teams can go on more trips.

Stopping at Specsavers in Wisbech, staff arranged a donation of £50 to Steve’s JustGiving page and posed for pictures with his unique Indian tuk-tuk.

Tiffany Morgan, who led the team offering support from Specsavers in Wisbech, says: ‘It’s such a worthy cause, so we wanted to help Steve on his tour. He’s such a remarkable individual and myself and the team were inspired by his dedication.

‘It was an honour to add our store name to the side of his tuk-tuk and to wish Steve all the very best of luck with the rest of his journey.’

Kind hearts

All the money raised will go to Healing Little Hearts, which was founded by Leicester hospitals consultant, Dr Sanjiv Nichani. The charity sends teams of surgeons, doctors and nurses to countries such as India, Africa and Malaysia, to perform life-saving surgery on children born with heart defects.

Steve, who has a pacemaker himself, says: ‘It costs £6,000 to send a team on each visit and I am hoping to raise enough to pay for two trips.’

To donate to Steve’s cause visit the JustGiving page at https://www.totalgiving.co.uk/mypage/12cornersrickshawchallenge.

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