TODAY we highlight the tragic story of a football legend who is dealing with one of the worst things that can happen to any parent.

Barrow-born Gary Stevens was a household name among supporters during the 80s.

His exploits with England and Everton, in particular, made him one of the most decorated defenders of his generation. Some of his most famous matches - including the infamous England v Argentina clash in the 1986 World Cup when Diego Maradona scored with the 'Hand of God' - are immortalised in YouTube clips which many sport-lovers will have been enjoying during these months of lockdown.

After his career ended in the mid-90s, Gary moved into physiotherapy and emigrated to Australia, where he now lives with his wife and young children.

But tragedy struck last month when his three-year-old son Jack was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and is now fighting for his life; in need of a stem cell transplant.

Gary and his wife have both had to cut down on work to look after their children during this worrying time and are in need of financial support so they don't lose their home.

Gary is one of the town's favourite sons who brought pleasure to so many during his football career. We are keeping him and his family very much in our thoughts.