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'Help me to help my inspiring football coach'

A fundraising appeal for James Lyon is trying to raise £15,000

A woman with a rare eye condition is fundraising to help her 'inspiring' football coach get a prosthetic leg to ease discomfort.

Laura Cartmill, 30, is running, walking or cycling 5,000 miles over 500 days starting in August for James Lyon who is trying to raise £15,000.

They have worked together for nine years and Laura competes in the  Devon ability counts league with Tavistock Specials.

Laura, who was born with a rare eye condition called aniridia which means she has no iris in either eye, said: "I will be doing 10 miles everyday I will be mixing it up with walking running and cycling. It will be a amazing challenge to support a amazing cause that mean a lot to me and it is to support my football coach to raise funds so he can get a prosthetic leg he could use all day comfortably  - this will change his life.

"It will help him to do a lot of things, it will help him with all the football coaching he does he is part of the Exeter City community trust  - he supports their teams in the Devon ability counts league which is for all different disabilities.

"He also does the powerchair football which is with the Exeter City community trust, they also have tournaments to play against other teams.

"It will also help him to try out different sports; Limbpower organise a event every year it runs on two days it’s called Limbpower games where amputees have the opportunity to go along and try all different activities.

"It is a great way to socialise with others, he hasn’t been to the last few of events since his amputation.

"If we can raise enough funds he can go to these events and try different activities with other amputees who understand each other it will make all the difference for him he can travel to see his friends he could go to concerts he loves music and has not been able to go to one since his amputation.

"He has always encouraged me to go for a coaching course which I will be doing hopefully later this year he has helped me a lot now I want to help him as much as I can to change his life."

For more about the fundraising campaign click here

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