Against Breast Cancer Achievement Awards - Sept 2017
Andrew Baker - Shortlisted for Lifetime Achievement Award
Andrew, who has dedicated half of his life to supporting good causes, is the founder of the local fundraising organisation, Play2Give. Andy has been running this organisation for 10 years now and it's purpose is to raise funds for the Oxford Children's Hospital - a place where Andy spent a lot of his childhood, especially when aged 12 when he had major brain surgery amongst many other treatments for wide range of problems since he was born with a brain injury - and for Headway Oxfordshire, a local brain injury support charity. Andy set up his organisation so he could say 'thank you' to the wonderful team at the hospital who treated him so well throughout his childhood, and to date, Andy with the help and efforts of thousands of supporters, has raised over £70,000 for the Hospital and other local charities over the past 15 years and continues to do so year on year. It is a real 'team effort' and more and more friends get inspired to support him. Andy begun fundraising aged 14 at St Birinus School in Didcot. He works tirelessly in contacting local companies and communities including schools and Didcot supermarkets to get them all involved in his activities and has won the hearts and support of many in doing this through the passion, enthusiasm and unrelenting dedication that he conveys through everything that he does.
Andy and his Play2Give team was given a target of raising £40,000 for the children's hospital in order to have a room named after the organisation, and last year this was achieved and there is now a 'Play2Give' treatment room for teenage patients on the Melanies Ward at the hospital, which was officially unveiled earlier this year. All of this is thanks to Andy and his exceptional hard work he puts into this organisation and leading a dedicated team of friends who help to work alongside him to achieve his goals.
Andy deserves recognition for everything that he does whilst still battling through his brain injuries which he has to deal with on a daily basis but still finds it in him to help others. Andy has a fantastic reputation locally and therefore I believe that the whole of Didcot and South Oxfordshire would agree that Andrew Baker is extremely deserving of a Local Hero award due to the fact that whilst still going through rehabilitation himself for his injuries due to the wonderful support of Headway, he still fights everyday to raise money to ensure that many others from young and older alike are able to receive the same support that he has been given his whole life.
Nominated by Hannah Wilcock, Go Green Taxis
Play2Give Supporting Oxford Children's Hospital - reg. charity no 1057295 & Headway Oxfordshire - reg. charity no 1156538
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