Sheffield charity boss honoured for work

World sprint and keirin cycling 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 cycling champion Becky James, left, and Nicolas Owen, right, presenting the Supporting the Community - group award to Scott Liddle and Atia Irshad of HOPE London.
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A Sheffield father-of-three has won an award for the work of a support group he set up to help other 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 win-
ning 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, aged 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.”