Award for fundraising father and model student

Andy Sanders

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A father who set up a charity and raised thousand of pounds after the death of his young son is being given an apprentice of the year award after re-training as a plumber.

Andy Sanders, 43, of Rushden, has been studying at Tresham College for the last four years.

He will be presented with his award next week in recognition of the dedication he has shown to his studies.

The college will also make a £100 donation to Andy’s charity, Zach’s Helping Hand, which was set up in memory of Andy’s two-year-old son Zach Sanders, who died from a brain tumour in 2004.

Following Zach’s death the charity set up a respite holiday caravan at Skegness in Butlins where families of children who are terminally ill or who have life-limiting conditions can go for free.

They are now fundraising to reach their £30,000 target to buy a second caravan.

A college spokesman said: “Throughout his time at the college Andrew has been a model student and has successfully finished the final part of his course with the Level 3 ACS Gas qualification.”

Andy, who used to be in the fire service, said: “I am very shocked to be receiving the award. At my age you don’t expect to get something like that.”

To donate to the charity, send cheques made out to the charity to 143 Wellingborough Road, Rushden, NN10 9TE or email zachshelpinghand@yahoo.co.uk.