Students’ walk raises money for local teenage fundraiser
A huge group of 150 childhood studies and sports students from Chesterfield College completed an 11 mile sponsored walk from Clowne to Chesterfield last week. Their aim was to raise funds to help local teenager, fundraising hero and leukaemia survivor, Andrew Davies, raise enough money to pay The Children's Hospital Charity in Sheffield for his life saving treatment.
Andrew was treated at Sheffield Children's Hospital from September 2012 to late February 2013, where he underwent treatment for AML (Acute Myloid Leukaemia). Since then he has devoted his time, along with help from family and friends to fundraise for the hospital charity by hosting special events, sporting challenges and other activities at Lady Manners School in Bakewell where he is studying for his A Levels. So far his impressive efforts have raised over £105,000.
Students were inspired to help Andrew after he visited the college to talk to them about his mission to raise £150,000 for the charity as well as his recent rickshaw challenge for Children in Need which raised £3.8m.
Meredith Rose, Childhood Studies Tutor from the college said:
“The sponsored walk is an annual event for us and we always give the students the chance to choose the charity we support. After hearing about the time, effort and energy Andrew has put into raising money for The Children’s Hospital Charity, the vote was unanimous. The fact that he is only a year or so younger than most of the students and the way he has bounced back from his illness, turning his experiences into a positive, really struck a chord with them.”
After a quick warm up, led by sports students, the group set off from Clowne Leisure Centre back to the Chesterfield College campus on Infirmary Road. Students completed the walk in just a few hours and are busy collecting sponsorship over the Easter break for Andrew’s fundraising pot.