Fundraiser of the Year accolade for student

Rastrick High School sixth form student Andrew Ball

Rastrick High School sixth form student Andrew Ball

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A Rastrick student who set out on a fundraising mission in memory of his mum has been named Bipolar UK fundraiser of the year.

Andrew Ball organised a variety of fundraising events to support Bipolar UK, a condition from which his mum Roseann suffered.

Andrew Ball and his mum Roseann

Andrew Ball and his mum Roseann

She had been struggling with depression for a couple of months before taking her own life on January 12, 2005, the day after she turned 44. Andrew was just eight-years-old at the time.

The former Rastrick High School pupil completed a 15,000ft skydive that raised around £4,000. Along with a charity party at Brighouse Sports Club, the total increased to £5,000.

Combined with Gift Aid, the overall amount raised was more than £6,000.

The charity’s Volunteer and Fundraiser of the Year awards began as open nominations. The final shortlist of six (three people for each award) was put up for a public vote.

Fundraising Manager Davinia Batley, from Bipolar UK, said: “From skydiving to leg waxing, Andrew has taken on many challenges to raise money for Bipolar UK. We’re inspired every day by Andrew’s energy and enthusiasm and are delighted to award him our first Fundraiser of the Year Award, as voted by our supporters.

“Andrew has been instrumental in raising much needed funds to support individuals and their families affected by bipolar.”

Andrew is currently at the University of Central Lancashire studying sports therapy, illustrating his continued desire to help others.

On a charity front, as well as climbing Mount Kenya, he is also currently involved with the planning of a charity party for DigDeep as well as a sponsored walk for Bipolar UK.