Friends to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to help teen ‘repay’ children’s hospital

Andrew Davies, 18, has raised �130,000 for Sheffield Childrens Hospital so far after he was diagnosed with leukaemia five years ago.
Andrew Davies, 18, has raised �130,000 for Sheffield Childrens Hospital so far after he was diagnosed with leukaemia five years ago.

Three friends are set to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to help an inspirational teenager achieve his goal of raising £150,000 for a children’s hospital which helped save his life.

Andrew Davies, 18, of Old Brampton, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) when he was 13 and had to have a bone marrow transplant.

To repay the ‘amazing’ staff at Sheffield Children’s Hospital who looked after him, he decided he wanted to raise a huge £150,000 – the cost of a bone marrow transplant to the NHS.

Thanks to Mark Blagden, Mark Rendall and Terry Sau – who will be climbing Kilimanjaro today and have raised more than £5,000 – Andrew has now hit the £130,000 mark. They wrote on their fundraising page: “This certainly represents the most significant challenge that any of the three of us have taken on, given that we all spend our days behind a desk and have rarely had to sleep even one night on anything other than a comfortable bed.”

The good news does not stop there for Andrew, as he has also received a Points of Light Award from Prime Minister Theresa May for his fundraising efforts.

In a letter to Andrew, the Prime Minister said his fundraising was ‘truly remarkable’.

On his award, Andrew, who is heading to university this month, said: “Sheffield Children’s Hospital saved my life so volunteering and fundraising for them is something I have been very passionate about over the last five years.”

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