Abandoned in a public toilet: Cheadle man Steven Patrick searches for mum 23 years after being left at Wolves ground
ABANDONED Steven Patrick is launching a campaign to trace the mum who vanished after dumping him as a newborn baby outside a football stadium more than two decades ago.
The 23-year-old was just hours old when he was found alone in a public toilet.
A passerby spotted the tot wrapped in a blue blanket and stadium staff called an ambulance.
But a hunt to find the baby's mother failed to reveal her identity.
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Police were only able to establish Steven had been born between 6am and 10am on March 17, 1989.
Now Steven, who lives in Cheadle, is launching the appeal to find his mum ahead of Mother's Day tomorrow.
Steven said: "My mum and dad were always open about me being adopted.
"They knew absolutely nothing about my birth mum but always said it would be nice if I could start building up a picture. They understood the need to know.
"If anyone does come forward now, we just want their side of the story.
"There won't be any trouble. I just want the truth."
Teaching assistant Steven has since visited the spot where he was discovered close to Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club. He spent a month in hospital being treated for hypothermia after being found.
Nurses named him Steven after Wolves and England striker Steve Bull, who donated a hat and scarf when he heard about the incident.
Steven, who still treasures the footballer's gifts, said: "I am inclined to think that my mum was just young and scared and just needed to get out of the situation.
"If she had been more secure, she would have come forward sooner but something personal could have been stopping her. Maybe it's stopping her now.
"If you didn't care for something you wouldn't have left it in a public place." The former Painsley Catholic College pupil has been backed by his adoptive family in Cheadle, who he has been living with since he was 12 months old.
He has also teamed up with the After Adoption agency, a voluntary group helping those affected by the process.
Adoption support social worker Derdra Windows said: "We fully understand the complexities involved in re-establishing contact with relatives separated through adoption.
"Usually we have supporting information and resources.
"But Steven's case is an unusual one, as we have nothing. In light of this, we are appealing for anyone with information to come forward. We guarantee we will deal with anyone who contacts us sensitively."
Former England striker Steve, aged 47, told The Sentinel: "I remember when the baby was found. I wish Steven the very best of luck with his search."
If you can help, call After Adoption on 08000 568578.