A teen beating leukaemia wants to make £250,000 to pay back his treatment costs after a bone marrow transplant from an anonymous donor helped save his life.
Andrew Davies, 14, of Chesterfield, was a fit, healthy, sport-loving youngster enjoying life with his friends one day – the next he was hooked up to a drip on chemotherapy to beat a killer disease.
Four months on he needed a bone marrow transplant, a gift which came from a brave woman donor in the UK who has now anonymously exchanged letters with him.
His dad Paul, 55, of Old Brampton, said: “When we first learned Andrew needed a transplant it was a shock. We’d hoped the chemo would be enough and hoped he wouldn’t need a transplant.
“The treatment was free on the NHS which is fantastic but he’s determined to do his bit for The Children’s Hospital Charity in Sheffield. We’ve warned him it’s a lot of money. Amazing support from friends and family have helped Andrew raise £11,000 so far.”
Andrew, who also lives with mum Alison, 47, and brother James, 18, fell ill last September after suffering a number of minor infections and a sore throat. He is now back at school most days.
He said: “I think it’s just what I need to do because they saved my life so I want to give something back.
“I think it’s just amazing that someone would do what my donor did.
“We got the letter from her saying she’d recovered fine and that’s made me feel so much better about it.
You can donate to Andrew’s fundraising appeal at www.justgiving.com/Drewy-Davies