Support shown for Stephen

The community gave huge support at the weekend to 27-year-old Stephen Kleszyk who tragically had to have his right leg amputated just below the knee due to cancer.

Dad-of-one Stephen, who was due to have been married to his long-term partner Kirsty on Sunday, was diagnosed with cancer in August and had his leg amputated on the 23rd of that month.

Stephen, from Portlethen, has amazed his family and friends with his positive attitude and he is determined to recover and lead a normal life.

They have rallied round to organise a series of fundraising events in a bid to raise money to pay for a new prosthetic leg for Stephen.

On Saturday, a sponsored walk was held from Stephen’s home in Portlethen to Woodend Hospital in Aberdeen, then that evening, a black-tie event was held at Portlethen Golf Club, when there was an auction and raffle as well as a prize draw with a variety of super prizes, all donated by friends and supporters.

These included weekend breaks, golf weekends, beauty treatments and signed football memorabilia.

On Sunday, 12 teams took part in a charity seven-a-side football tournament at Wairds Park, Johnshaven.

The organisers were delighted with the response to the tournament and there was also a barbecue and activities for children.

Sunday’s event was organised by Andrew Nelson and Natalie Brown. Andrew is Stephen’s best friend and would have been performing best man duties that day, but for the postponement of Stephen and Kirsty’s wedding.

The next fundraiser for Stephen is to be a sponsored bungee jump in Perthshire in October, being organised by his friend Ben Watson.