Sheffield student’s disability mission given cash support

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A Sheffield student has received financial backing to support his project to help young people understand the daily challenges faced by the disabled.

Stephen Kirkby, who is disabled himself, has set up a social enterprise organisation, Disability Awareness with Sport - DAWS.

The Sheffield Hallam computer studies undergraduate has been given funding by the university’s student union to continue his work.

Since he started the project last November Stephen has addressed school assemblies and hosted workshops for over 1,100 pupils.

During the sessions Stephen uses prosthetic aids and wheelchair basketball sessions to get pupils involved, raising awareness of different disabilities.

He was also heavily involved in a Paralympic Day which was held at Westfield School where he was brought in to showcase wheelchair basketball as a Paralympic sport.

Stephen delivered sessions to over 300 students from four local schools and received glowing praise from teachers.

Westfield headteacher Andy Ireland said: “The wheelchair basketball session was fantastic. It was an enjoyable experience for all the children.”