The News Youth Awards: Family is proud of Freddie’s courage

Freddie Clarke (nine) had a head shave in memory of his uncle Andy Prowting
Freddie Clarke (nine) had a head shave in memory of his uncle Andy Prowting
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FREDDIE Clarke was inconsolable when he lost his beloved uncle Andy Prowting to cancer.

But he showed strength beyond his years in his determination to help other people affected by cancer.

The nine-year-old had his hair shaved off on February 19 – which would have been Andy’s 25th birthday – and raised £420 for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Freddie, of Blendworth Crescent, Leigh Park, who attends Trosnant Junior School, had been growing his hair since Andy died on December 10 last year.

His proud aunt Sarah Prowting, Andy’s sister, nominated him in The News’ Youth Awards for the Fundraiser of The Year and Star of the Family categories.

Sarah said: ‘I believe he deserves some recognition for how he thought to have his head shaved in memory of my brother.

‘My brother passed away from malignant melanoma cancer which was hard for all the family to accept.

‘Freddie has not been able to talk about this passing much, so he wrote his mum a letter and asked if he could shave his hair off for Uncle Candy – this what they call Andy.’

The head shave took place at Havant Ink in West Street.

Sarah said: ‘Like any other nine-year-old, Freddie’s hair is very important to him.

‘Freddie was really overwhelmed when the head shave took place and was so chuffed with the amount he raised.’

Andy, a security guard, earned admiration for his fight against the illness.

Family and friends formed Andy’s Army to raise money to send him to America for what they hoped would be lifesaving treatment.

After dozens of fundraising events around £45,000 was raised.

The money will now go to the Teenage Cancer Trust and the young adults’ cancer ward at Southampton General Hospital. Sarah added: ‘Everyone is so proud of Freddie.’

We would like to thank everyone for their nominations and remind people that the deadline is tomorrow.

The shortlist will be printed on Thursday, May 7, and we will be launching Readers’ Choice to give readers the opportunity to vote for their favourite.

Call Rosie Morgan on (023) 9262 2202 to request a nomination form or e-mail youthawards@thenews.co.uk.