Wigs and tutus for Grantham family ahead of Race for Life

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FUND-RAISER Andrew Smith will become Andrea Smith this Sunday as he aims to raise money to fight cancer.

Andrew, of Maplewood 
Drive, Grantham, will be joined by his nephew Ashley Moulds as he attempts to raise money in the Race for Life at Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire this weekend.

The race is traditionally meant for ladies only but Andrew hopes that with the help of his cunning disguise he, along with a group of family and friends, will be granted permission to take part.

Andrew said: “It will be a laugh and I hope everyone takes it for what it is.

“We are there first and foremost for Cancer Research. If we can raise money while putting a smile on the face of people like Gill that have been through it then that’s what it’s all about.”

Andrew has been inspired to raise cash by his sister, Gillian Moulds of Gloucester Road, Grantham.

Gill was diagnosed with cancer but had her operation cancelled three times before Andrew took matters into his own hands, gate-crashing an event in Boston attended by Health Minister Andrew Lansley, and demanding a higher level of service for people like Gill.

After meeting Mr Lansley he also received an apology from Nottingham University Hospitals chief executive, Peter Homa.

Dr Homa is expected to take part alongside Andrew at Sunday’s Race for Life.

Andrew said: “Hopefully, after Sunday, more men and families will be able to take part in the event.

“They say men aren’t allowed because they are too competitive but, as you can see, that’s not a problem for us! We just want to raise as much money and awareness as we can.”

Gill won’t be running on Sunday but is looking forward to seeing Andrew, her son, Ashley, and husband, Dave, take part.

She said: “Andrew certainly is not afraid to make a bit of a fool of himself!”

If you would like to help Andrew raise money he can be contacted via e-mail at: andrewmsmith@btinternet.com