Andrew Davies, a Sixth Former at Lady Manners School has raised over £8,500 for The Children’s Hospital Charity in one day, with the help of more than 800 fellow students.
From the age of 13, Andrew has endured chemotherapy, a bone marrow transplant and countless stays in hospital having been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia. He is now in remission. Not one to sit back and take things easy, Andrew is determined to raise £150,000 for Sheffield Children’s Hospital – the amount he would have had to pay for his bone marrow transplant had it not been available on the NHS.
That was two years ago and this latest fundraising project has taken him past the £100,000 mark. On Friday 15 July, students at Lady Manners School wore sports kit to school, and joined with Andrew in his quest to compete in 20 sports in 16 hours. His 20–16 challenge involved more than 800 students over the course of the day, who joined him during PE lessons and breaks in the school day.
Andrew started his sport-filled day at 6.00am with a game of tennis. This was followed by indoor rowing, golf, Zumba, dodgeball, basketball, rounders, stoolball, ultimate Frisbee, benchball, handball, softball, boccia, 5-aside football, kwik cricket, rugby 7s, foot volleyball, badminton, indoor athletics and finishing with table tennis at 10.00pm.
Miss Pownall-Jones, Head of PE at Lady Manners School said “Andrew has been an inspiration to many students and staff here at school both in his positive attitude towards the illness he has suffered, and in the energy he channels into his beloved sport and his school work. We are so proud of how he has united the school in the enjoyment of sport in his 20-16 challenge.”
There is more information about Andrew’s story on his JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/20–16, which is also open for donations.