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Sheffield dad scoops charity award

World sprint and keirin champion Becky James, left, and Nicolas Owen, right, presenting the Supporting the Community - group award to Scott Liddle and Atia Irshad of HOPE London

World sprint and keirin champion Becky James, left, and Nicolas Owen, right, presenting the Supporting the Community - group award to Scott Liddle and Atia Irshad of HOPE London

A Sheffield father-of-three has won an award for the work of a support group he set up to help families affected by epilepsy.

Scott Liddle, of Woodseats, set up HOPE London after his son Thomas, now aged six, was born with Dravet syndrome, a rare form of childhood epilepsy.

Scott and his wife Sarah were living in London at the time and found there were no support groups for families in their situation.

The 40-year-old support worker said: “In our area, there was a lack of services for children with epilepsy.

“We found it stressful and isolating having a child with complex needs and wanted to meet other families having similar experiences.”

Scott set up HOPE London in January 2012.

His first triumph was winning a campaign for a specialist epilepsy nurse at a London hospital. It then grew to provide a safe place for children with epilepsy and their families to visit.

Although Scott has lived in Sheffield for the last 18 months, he still travels to London each month with Sarah, 36, to run the charity, which won the Supporting The Community honour at the Young Epilepsy Champions awards.

Scott, also dad to Poppy, three, and 10-week-old Louie, said: “Winning the award is brilliant as it shows we’re doing something right.”

Epilepsy facts:

* Epilepsy is a condition where there is a temporary disruption to the way the brain works, meaning messages get mixed up

* There are many types of seizure depending on where the disruption is

 

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