Able UK workers in Hartlepool hand over more than £4k to help cancer-battler Bradley Lowery

Mark Rycraft (left) with Andy Wilson and Richard Hegarty (right) at Able UK
Mark Rycraft (left) with Andy Wilson and Richard Hegarty (right) at Able UK

GENEROUS workers at a recycling yard had a whipround and raised thousands of pounds for a young cancer sufferer.

Andy Wilson, a project safety manager with Houlder, which is working on a multi-million-pound rig upgrade at Able UK in Hartlepool, was so touched by the plight of young Bradley Lowery that he encouraged workers from 12 companies working from Able’s yard to chip in to help the two-year-old.

The kind staff raised a whopping £4,309.80 for the Blackhall boy, who is battling childhood cancer neuroblastoma.

As well as Andy’s company, Houlder, an offshore design and engineering firm, staff from Able UK, ENSCO, McWare Mechanical, Rigfit, CPS, HVAC, MCI, EOS, Project Scaffold, DWLS Heavy Lifting and Co-AT Marine dug deep.

Andy, who works with all the companies through his role as project safety manager on the site, said: “I spoke to all the lads, all 400-plus of them, and suggested having a whipround on payday.

“I was expecting somewhere in the region of £800 to £900.

“But to get £4,309.80 is unreal, a massive thanks to everybody.

“Bradley has captured the hearts and minds of everybody on-site.”

Andy, 37, who is married to Linsey, lives in Seaham and is dad to Jayden, nine, Michaela, eight and one-year-old Preston, said there had been substantial individual donations from staff and his nana, Margaret Wilson, even donated £30.

He said he had been touched by Bradley’s plight after seeing the Bradley Lowery’s Fight Against Neuroblastoma Facebook page and his son had dashed upstairs to get £20 from his moneybox to donate.

His family then pledged £80 to the cause and he was again reminded about Bradley when he was handed a poster featuring Bradley from Miles for Men organiser Michael Day.

Andy added: “I know there is a long way to go for Bradley’s target.

“Rather than just ‘liking’ it on Facebook, if more people put their hand in their pockets it does make a difference. I wish I could do more.”

Bradley’s mum Gemma, 31, said: “I couldn’t believe they made this much on a whipround, I am amazed.

“People are so kind and I would like to thank everyone who is supporting Bradley. It means a lot.”