Andy’s big army marches towards £60,000 target

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AN INCREDIBLE £23,000 has been raised in just five weeks to help save a young man’s life – but the fundraising campaign is far from over.

People from as far as New York, China and Mexico have donated to help 24-year-old Andy Prowting, who has been told he has months to live.

Andys nephew Freddie Clarke, eight, has his face painted by family friend Helen Greed. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (142720-2)

Andys nephew Freddie Clarke, eight, has his face painted by family friend Helen Greed. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (142720-2)

On Saturday, hundreds of people went to a family fun day at The Swallow pub in Leigh Park and the donations kept rolling in.

Andy’s family and friends, dubbed Andy’s Army, need to raise £60,000 to fly him to Texas for potentially life-saving cancer treatment that is not available in the UK.

Andy, a security supervisor, of Silkstead Avenue, Leigh Park, said the support from the community was ‘amazing’.

He said: ‘It’s really overwhelming. As a community, it’s been incredible. Everyone has come together.’

ANDY PROWTING   (PM)           MRW    3/9/2014   ''Andy Prowting (24) from Leigh Park with his girlfriend Katie Ward (28) ''Andy has a vigorous form of cancer and is hoping to raise sufficient funds to travel to Texax in the USA for a revolutionary form of treatment''Picture: Malcolm Wells (142581-0450) PPP-140309-134555003

ANDY PROWTING (PM) MRW 3/9/2014 ''Andy Prowting (24) from Leigh Park with his girlfriend Katie Ward (28) ''Andy has a vigorous form of cancer and is hoping to raise sufficient funds to travel to Texax in the USA for a revolutionary form of treatment''Picture: Malcolm Wells (142581-0450) PPP-140309-134555003

Earlier this month £1,290 was raised through a street collection in Havant for a sponsored walk from Leigh Park to Hayling Island.

Andy was desperately ill on the day, but was so determined to complete the walk that he got in a wheelchair and was given oxygen treatment on the way.

As reported in The News, Andy discovered a cancerous mole on his back after being sunburnt during a holiday in Turkey last year.

In April, he went to Queen Alexandra Hospital where surgeons removed lymph nodes.

27/09/14 EB''Family and friends of Andy Prowting who has months to live due to skin cancer held a fund raising day for him at the Swallow Public House in Leigh Park. (left to right), Andys sister Sam Clarke, his mum Julie Williams and his sister Sarah Prowting.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (142720-3) PPP-140927-171426003

27/09/14 EB''Family and friends of Andy Prowting who has months to live due to skin cancer held a fund raising day for him at the Swallow Public House in Leigh Park. (left to right), Andys sister Sam Clarke, his mum Julie Williams and his sister Sarah Prowting.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (142720-3) PPP-140927-171426003

He then went to Southampton for a chemotherapy clinical trial but doctors discovered the cancer had spread to his bones and liver.

His sisters are the backbone of the campaign.

Sam Clarke, 30, of Blendworth Crescent, Leigh Park, said: ‘We want to thank everyone.

‘We are gobsmacked. We had a bingo night at Barncroft School and raised £714 in one night.’

She added: ‘This is all we do – we don’t think about anything else.

‘He’s everything to us.’

Sarah Prowting, 27, of Hawthorn Crescent, Cosham, who did an abseil and raised £900, said: ‘If we can go out there with £30,000, they can send the rest to us while we are out there. We don’t want to wait so that he becomes so ill he cannot travel.’

To find out more, search Andy’s Army on Facebook.