Sunderland stroke survivor Steve enjoys the high life for NETA

Steve Hogg, 54, who has had two strokes, abseiling from Souter Lighthouse as part of a charity event raising money for NETA the North East Trust for Aphasia.
Steve Hogg, 54, who has had two strokes, abseiling from Souter Lighthouse as part of a charity event raising money for NETA the North East Trust for Aphasia.
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DANGLING from the top of Souter Lighthouse, double stroke victim Steve Hogg prepares for the leap of his life.

Despite having no feeling in his right arm, the 54-year-old was roped in to launch an event in honour of the group which helped him reclaim his independence.

Steve Hogg, 54, who has had two strokes, celebrates after abseiling from Souter Lighthouse as part of a charity event to raise money for NETA the North East Trust for Aphasia.

Steve Hogg, 54, who has had two strokes, celebrates after abseiling from Souter Lighthouse as part of a charity event to raise money for NETA the North East Trust for Aphasia.

Steve, from Seaburn Dene, was the first to abseil down the side of the famous landmark on Saturday as he and around 50 others completed the lofty feat.

The daredevils took on the challenge to raise funds for the North East Trust for Aphasia, a condition which can affect the ability to speak, understand others, read and write after a stroke.

The task of reaching the ground from the top of the 23m high tower was made even tougher for Steve, as he has no feeling in his right arm, with the strokes he suffered six and four years ago also affecting his mobility in his right leg and side.

Onlookers included mum Ena, 76, dad Eric, 80, wife Judith, 51, and the couple’s daughter Sarah, 22, with the Sunderland University fashion journalist student who followed her father down later in the day.

Steve, who is originally from East Boldon, said he managed to overcome last minute nerves and now has his sights set on a zipline ride.

He said: “I was all right until I saw the rope coming down from the top of the lighthouse.

“The first few steps were horrible but then once I was away, I was all right.

“I’m pleased it’s over and now there’s one less thing on the list of 101 things to do before you die.

“It was lovely to have all my family here and all my friends from NETA too.”