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Bilateral amputee Andy Ashworth will walk around Southwell Cricket Club's pitch to raise money for five charities close to his heart


By Rachel Armitage


A bilateral amputee has bowled people over by pledging to walk around cricket club pitch to raise money for charity.

Mr Andy Ashworth, from Southwell, has set out to walk the boundary of Southwell Cricket Club’s pitch on his two prosthetic legs on Bank Holiday Monday to raise money for five charities close to his heart.

The cricket pitch has special memories for him because his sons play for the team and he was the scorer at the club before he lost his legs after suffering from complications with diabetes.

Andy Ashworth, from Southwell, a bilateral amputee who will be walking the perimeter of Southwell cricket pitch. (15485719)
Andy Ashworth, from Southwell, a bilateral amputee who will be walking the perimeter of Southwell cricket pitch. (15485719)

He lost his left leg below the knee in May 2016, and the right above the knee in March last year.

Mr Ashworth is fundraising for Diabetes UK, as well as the Nottinghamshire University Hospitals’ Haywood House in memory of a close friend, King’s Mill Hospital’s physiotherapy department, Nottingham Prosthetics Centre, and Southwell Cricket Club to help pay for its electronic scoreboard.

He said: “This challenge is really special to me as it will allow me to give something back to all of the people and charities that have helped me over the last few years.

Andy Ashworth, from Southwell, a bilateral amputee who will be walking the perimeter of Southwell cricket pitch. (15485717)
Andy Ashworth, from Southwell, a bilateral amputee who will be walking the perimeter of Southwell cricket pitch. (15485717)

“I really don’t know what I would have done without them and their support for both me and my family.”

Physiotherapist Suzanne Temple, who has been helping with Mr Ashworth’s rehabilitation, said: “This will be a major achievement for Andy as he has had quite a journey over the past few years and we are all very proud of him here at King’s Mill Hospital.”

Andy is hoping to raise £3,000.

His online fundraising page can be found at www.gofundme.com/f/andy-ash worth-charity-walkity-walk



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