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IRON MAKE HUNTCLIFF VISIT

3 March 2016

Iron manager Nick Daws took a step into the past on Wednesday, visiting former school Huntcliff Comprehensive.

Daws went along with local professionals Kyle Wootton and Levi Sutton to the school in Kirton-in-Lindsey, returning to where he spent eight weeks supply teaching in between roles at Barnsley and Queens Park Rangers.

He drew the BBC Look North cameras, along with reporters from the Scunthorpe Telegraph, to raise awareness of Hemiplegia, a debilitating condition which affects one of his former colleague's five-year-old son.

The Scunthorpe boss presented Stacy Lyner with a signed shirt a signed matchball and a pair of executive passes to an upcoming game to auction off at their race night, which takes place on Saturday, March 5 in Gainsborough.

Speaking about the cause, he said: "I've stayed in touch with the PE staff, in various ways and Debbie Hyslop invited me to an event for Stacy's son Jack and raising awareness of his condition.

"I was here four years ago in the summer term between football jobs and really enjoyed it. They were really good to me at a time that was difficult for me and really this has allowed me to repay some of their faith and it's close to my heart to raise awareness and funds for the charity they're supporting.

"We're looking to do what we can for the cause. It's important that we as a football club can help the community and we'll be looking to do that when we can."

Mother of Jack, Stacy is eager to raise awareness of the condition - largely down to the fact that few people know of Hemiplegia and the effects it has, with a diagnosis of Jack not confirmed in the first months of his life.

"We're raising money for a charity called HemiHelp and also raising awareness for the charity and the condition," she said.

"It's fantastic to have Nick on board. He's a huge asset to the charity and this will help people get more knowledge about the condition. He's done more than what I could have asked for.

"Jack has the condition which affects one side of your body. It's effectively like a stroke and it affects his balance, his social and emotional behaviour skills and he always has epilepsy from the condition."

Hemiplegia is a neurological condition that affects children and adults in a similar way to a stroke. It is caused by injury to the brain and it results in a varying degree of weakness and lack of control on one side of the body. Hemiplegia affects one child in 1000.

For more information on Hemiplegia, visit http://www.hemihelp.org.uk.

Stacy's husband Matthew is running the London Marathon in April to raise funds for Hemihelp, and you can sponsor him at https://www.justgiving.com/Matthew-Lyner.

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