A teenage leukaemia sufferer whose life was saved by a bone marrow transplant has pledged to raise £250,000 to pay back the cost of his treatment in Sheffield.
Sporty Andrew Davies, aged 14, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia last year, but a transplant in January gave him a new lease of life.
Now, after discovering the huge cost of his treatment to the NHS, he has pledged to repay Sheffield Children’s Hospital in full.
He has already raised more than £11,000 by making and selling 1,200 wristbands and setting up various fundraisers across the country, including three friends who raised £2,000 by tackling the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge.
Andrew, who has written to his anonymous donor to thank her, plans to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania himself once he is fit enough – and says he will not give up until he raises the full quarter-of-a-million pounds.
Andrew, who attends Lady Manners School in Chesterfield, said: “I’m trying to do lots of different events to raise the money. As long as I raise it all I don’t mind how long it takes.
“What the hospital have done for me is fantastic, there’s no way to describe it. I will do whatever I can to raise the money and repay the hospital for their work.
Proud mum Alison, aged 47, said she was staggered when Andrew mentioned about raising the cash.
She said: “Andrew said to me and Paul, my husband, that he wanted to raise all of the money, and I just froze and said ‘OK Andrew, good luck with that’.
“But he said he will not stop until he does raise the money, no matter how long it takes him. He knows he is a lucky child and now he wants to give back to everybody that has helped him.”
Andrew has been supported by some famous faces over the last 10 months as he goes through his treatment, including meeting England cricketer Michael Vaughan, from Baslow, near Sheffield, and the England rugby union team.
He was also presented with a Derbyshire Young Achievers award by former Derby County FC captain Robbie Savage.
Alison said: “Andrew loves his sport and before his treatment he was always playing either cricket, rugby or football, in and out of school. He loved meeting some of the famous faces of the sports he loves.”
David Vernon-Edwards, director of The Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “It’s a fantastic idea Andrew has come up with.”