Rotherham fundraiser in memory of young leukaemia victim

Supporter Steve Edwards with Andrew's father, Malcolm Westley.
Supporter Steve Edwards with Andrew's father, Malcolm Westley.
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Thousands of pounds was raised in memory of a Sheffield father-of-two with a special night of music.

Bands and singers from across the region gathered to raise more than £2,500 in honour of Andrew Westley – who was just 28 years old when he lost his battle with leukaemia 16 years ago.

His family and friends have held a charity evening in his name every year since 2008, raising £16,000 in the past five years.

Carol Westley, Andrew’s mum, said: “I’m always amazed by people’s generosity.

“I know times are tough and people don’t have much to give, but everybody always supports our events and I am so grateful to them.”

Andrew, who left wife Carol and their two children, April and Ben, had been ill for sometime when he was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia.

Carol said: “He was diagnosed on the Tuesday and we lost him on the Friday, it all happened so quickly.

“It’s been 16 years, but in some ways it still feels like yesterday.”

Hundreds of people attended The Beatles -themed night at Rotherham United’s New York Stadium, with performances from a host of local singers and bands, including Andrew’s brothers Richard and Matthew and dad Malcolm.

Carol said: “I would like to thank everybody who gave up their time to help make this night as wonderful as it was.

“The money raised will all go towards Leukaemia, Stroke and Lymphoma Research.”