FUNDRAISING NEWS: RNID helps football fan achieve dream and nets £35,000

A football fan who fulfilled his dream to sit on every seat at Upton Park, West Ham United's football ground, hopes to have raised £35,000 for the RNID.

Last week, Steve Adams spent 49 hours working his way around the 35,056 seats in the stadium.

He raised money through sponsorship from friends, family and businesses.

Adams became aware of RNID through his employer Lloyds TSB, which chose the RNID as its charity of the year for 2002/03.

He took his fundraising idea to the RNID's "Challenge Yourself, Challenge Deafness" events team which usually organises events such as parachuting, abseiling and trekking.

Adams organised the fundraising himself and the RNID gave media support to raise awareness of the charity. This included nominating Adams for Barclaycard's football fan of the month award. The Sun picked up on the story and featured Adams and the RNID in the newspaper.

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