Jun 25 2014

Silver Service for Local Hero and Paralympian

Local hero and paralympian Stephen Miller

The North East is set to honour one of its most commended athletes for his ambition, dedication and charitable nature, in an event hosted by an organisation with which he holds a close bond.

Stephen Miller, one of the regions most decorated athletes and three-time gold medallist, gears up to receive the Silver Heart Award for his inspirational life-story and ongoing support to Variety, the Children’s Charity.

Miller, from Cramlington, was born with cerebral palsy and has represented his country at five straight Paralympic Games – including London 2012 where he captained the male athletics team. Now the three-time gold medallist club thrower is set to be awarded the Variety Silver Heart at a black tie event at the Newcastle, Gateshead, Hilton Hotel on July 18th. The award will be another accolade to add to his hugely successful career haul of 25 international medals –including, of course, Stephen’s three back-to-back Paralympic gold medals.

The black tie evening at the Hilton will feature a drinks reception, three-course meal as well as entertainment from popular regional musician and ‘The New Face of Swing’, Glen Roughead alongside The Paul James Band and will of course see Stephen Miller awarded the prestigious Variety Silver Heart. It is set to be a night of inspiring speeches and personal tributes, presenting Stephen as the true personification of perseverance and success.

SMILE was created to ultimately improve the perception and culture surrounding disability sport- inspiring and encouraging individuals.

Working both locally and nationally, SMILE aims to inspire, educate and provide enjoyable participation across disability sports, baring similar values to those of Variety, who have funded uncountable facilities for local disability sports schools alongside their sky blue specialist minibuses known as ‘Sunshine Coaches’. The coaches truly do transform lives, transporting youngsters and their carers to different activities, field trips and sporting events around the country allowing them to see the world and live the life they deserve.

Tickets for the night are available through the Variety main office on 0191 214 5959 or alternatively you can contact them via email on, and are priced at £40 per head or £400 for a table of 10.