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Three Barnsley fans have been recognised for making a difference in the local community with a Community Award.
Daniel Atkinson, Lewis Hancock and Callum Coward were all recognised in the 2017 Netherwood Academy Community Awards last week for having a positive impact.
In recognition of their achievement, Reds in the Community invited the boys and their families down to Oakwell for Barnsley’s friendly with Huddersfield Town to present them with their trophies.
In March of this year, Daniel was knocked off his bike by a truck in Great Houghton and needed to be airlifted to Sheffield Children’s Hospital for treatment.
Close friends Lewis and Callum showed real commitment in helping Dan in his recovery, regularly visiting him in hospital and helping him with his schoolwork amongst other things.
They were once again presented with their awards ahead of kick off by winger Lloyd Isgrove, aswell as being given the chance meet the players as they arrived and to walk out as mascots.
Upon presenting the awards, Isgrove said: “I’m delighted to present the lads with these awards for their actions within the local community.
“They’re a credit to the town and fully deserve to be recognised for what they have done.”
Isgrove also praised all three boys for having a positive impact on the community and for showing excellent characteristics in conquering the adversities that they faced.
“For Daniel to overcome all the challenges that have faced him is testament to him and it’s great that he has been able to collect this award, and can now continue with his education.
“Callum and Lewis have both shown amazing strength of character for helping Dan through this difficult time, assisting as much as they could in his recovery and standing by his side.
“They have displayed characteristics of true friends and all should be incredibly proud,” he added.