Boxer in knockout bid to raise cash for hospital

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Lyndon Newman was devastated when his daughter Lacey was diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of just three months, so he is determined to raise cash to support Tameside hospital

A boxer has raised thousands of pounds for a children's unit, in order to thank doctors for caring for his sick baby daughter.

He described learning of her illness as worse than taking any blow in the ring, and was determined to raise cash to support Tameside Hospital.

So he organised a 70-mile charity walk from the hospital in Ashton-under-Lyne to Blackpool.

Middleweight Lyndon, 26, from Newton Heath, raised £3,000 for the hospital where Lacey, now one year old, is still being treated.

He was joined by a group of supporters, and the event went so well that he is now planning another charity walk in August.

Lyndon said: “It was the most exhausted I have ever been and I have still got sore feet."

“We had our ups and downs and lots of laughter. We just wanted to get home and I didn't think we'd finish it but we encouraged each other to keep going.”

Initially Lyndon and his partner Steph Leigh thought little Lacey had suffered a febrile convulsion when she had her first seizure, but within a couple of months she had five more and at her worst suffered 20 fits in two weeks.

Fortunately, one of her seizures took place in front of Dr Albert Massarano, a paediatric consultant at Tameside Hospital, who immediately diagnosed her with epilepsy.

Lyndon added: “It was heartbreaking because you don't expect it in someone so young."

“I used to get so upset because it's such an emotional thing watching someone so small going through the seizures."

“More than anything we are just so overwhelmed and blown away with the support that we have got from Tameside Hospital.”

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