Adventurer’s fundraising drive for orphans

Steve Cushing in the desert and (below) orphan Esther.
Steve Cushing in the desert and (below) orphan Esther.
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EXTREME adventurer Steve Cushing likes a challenge.

The retired North Shore GP raised thousands of pounds for charity by taking part in the toughest footrace on earth – 150 miles over six days across the sand dunes of the Sahara desert.

Baby Esther from the Happy House in Kenya

Baby Esther from the Happy House in Kenya

But he hasn’t stopped the fund-raising there. The 58-year-old, from Staining, has raised another £5,000 for the Happy House Children’s Home in Watamu, Kenya, by giving talks about his incredible test of physical endurance.

Mr Cushing and his wife Cherith visited the Happy House – a children’s home and school opened in 2010 by former Blackpool landlady Sue Hayward – earlier this year and were the first to join the sponsor family of baby Esther, who was discovered abandoned in bushes.

Mr Cushing, a talented photographer who has also completed an Antarctica Ice Marathon, has made a short video about the Happy House and the story of little Esther, which he also shows when he is speaking about his adventures.

He said: “My most recent talk at Thornton University of the Third Age raised the terrific sum of £393. I was thrilled they were so generous, as I know the difference this money can make.

“I was, however, also sad as after regular talks to U3A, Probus, WI, Rotary and other similar groups, my diary is now empty and the opportunities to raise much needed funds have dried up.

“I would be more than happy to give talks to any organisations, and as well as voluntary groups, about the Marathon des Sables or the Antarctic Marathon. My tales are also suitable for companies looking for inspirational talks for their employees or at conferences.”

Anyone who would like to hear Mr Cushing’s talks, can email