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Keith Stephens
1949 - 2022

Sunrise 27th March 1949 - Sunset 5th March 2022

 

Keith Delroy Stephens came to England from Jamaica as a 16-year-old in 1965. He attended St Margaret's Secondary School in Whalley Range. He loved reading, maths and sciences.

He achieved his GCSE's and excelled in sports. He loved to box and represented Lancashire where he won numerous boxing trophies and sports awards. He also became county champion in Long Jump and was a promising runner.

In his 30's  he unexpectedly he contracted meningitis which left him critically ill, he also suffered a stroke during this period, which left him paralysed. .

He went through months of rehabilitation and was able to learn to walk again using crutches. After overcoming these issues, he wanted to further his academic education, he attended Manchester Polytechnic and completed his A-Levels, a BA in Youth and Community and a Diploma in Social Sciences.

Keith was one of the founders of the Hideaway Youth Centre in Moss Side, and spent his life as a leader in his community. His commitment and dedication to the educational needs of children, particularly those of African and Caribbean descent.

 

Keith attended Trinity Community Baptist/URC, where he contributed to the services and served on their committee. Due to Keith's devotion to work in the community was awarded many awards.

He received the Manchester City Council Corporate Services Healthy Manchester Award 2006 and the Manchester BME Network Hidden Gem Award for services to the BME community and his work in equality and diversity. Keith had tirelessly strived to fight racism, discrimination and prejudice in the workforce and the wider community.

A plaque dedicated to Keith and his efforts to support young people in his community has been placed at Hideaway Youth Club. 

The Hideaway is the oldest youth club in Manchester

ITV joined the plaque unveiling and spoke to Keith's family and friend's about his life.

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