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IT’S believed to be the biggest of its kind in the country – 110 brave souls taking part in the Ice Bucket Challenge.

There was a Mexican wave of ice dunkings as those taking part were drenched one by one in Park Parade, Leigh Park.

It was all part of a bid to raise money to send cancer-stricken Andy Prowting, who needs specialist treatment in America.

The 24-year-old, of Silkstead Avenue, has skin cancer and there is nothing more the NHS can do.

But there is pioneering treatment at a cost of £60,000 – in Texas.

Police officers, Portsmouth City Council housing officers, and scores of residents poured ice-cold buckets of water over each other in the five-minute feat in the shopping centre.

Andy’s mum Julie Williams, 48, was first in the line and heads up the Andy’s Army fundraising team.

She said: ‘I was absolutely freezing cold but proud that everybody came out to take part. They have shown tremendous support for me and my son.’

Julie is a familiar face in the area as she has worked in Park Parade and helped out at charity events.

The challenge was organised by Helen Bolting, the chairman of Leigh Park Traders’ Association.

She said: ‘When we heard Andy needed this treatment we decided to help Julie with fundraising as she has helped us so much in the past.

‘We’re so pleased with how it went. We had 110 people which we believe to be a record for the UK.

‘We’re so pleased to be able to help Andy get out there for treatment.’

Even officers from the Leigh Park Safer Neighbourhood Team got involved.

Sergeant Garry Smith said: ‘I feel very proud of how this has all come together in such a short space of 
time.’

To make a donation direct to the Andy’s Army bank account at Nationwide. The sort code is 071040 and the account number is 60781510.

Alternatively donate through Andy’s Army Facebook page.

 

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