Andrew Davies, a Year 12 student at Lady Manners School, has been awarded the national title of #GivingTuesday Champion.
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. Throughout all of this, he has worked hard to keep up with his schoolwork, culminating in an excellent set of GCSE results.
Andrew is not one to sit back and take things easy so, alongside all of his other achievements, he is determined to raise £150,000 – the amount he would have had to pay for his bone marrow transplant had it not been available on the NHS. He is a good way towards reaching his goal as he has already raised over £60,000 which has benefitted Sheffield Children's Hospital through its charity, The Children's Hospital Charity.
#GivingTuesday (1 December 2015) is a global day of giving, designed to encourage people to give something back, and as an antidote to Black Friday sales and Cyber Monday online shopping spree. #GivingTuesday is a global movement which, in the UK, was searching for a Champion to spearhead the effort, which primarily uses social and other media to raise awareness of giving – be that through making a donation, volunteering your time or just spreading the word.
Andrew attended an Awards Ceremony at a Parliamentary Reception at the House of Commons on Tuesday 10 November at which it was announced that he had beaten six other finalists to claim the title of Champion.
Mr Evans, Head of Sixth Form said: "We are fantastically proud of Andrew. The determination, positivity and energy he has shown throughout a very difficult time is inspirational. He already has enduring support from his friends and family and we, as a school community, are delighted to help him achieve his goals, which benefit so many others."