Gardener raises cash for Sheffield hospital after almost losing hand at work

Andrew Codd
Andrew Codd

A landscape gardener who almost lost his hand in a freak accident at work is to shave off his beard to raise cash for the Sheffield hospital where he underwent corrective surgery.

Andrew Codd, aged 42, from Wickersley, cut into his hand with an angle grinder in April 2013 and needed corrective surgery to rebuild it at the Northern General Hospital.

Andrew Codd

Andrew Codd

To say thank you to the hospital he has grown a beard and is being sponsored to have it shaven off on Saturday.

Andrew, who is still unable to work because of his injuries, said: “After my accident, it was impossible to shave so my beard so it grew and I became a bit of a hermit, not going anywhere other than hospital appointments.

“The accident changed my life completely and as I had shattered all of the bones in my left hand I have had to undergo hours of surgery and physiotherapy.

“Fundraising for the hospital has helped me to come to terms with it and accept my disability. I have been bowled over by people’s kindness and this is a great way for me to be able to give something back for all the care I’ve received and am still getting from the amazing staff at the Northern General who I am so grateful to.”

Nicola Fields, service manager at the Northern General’s reconstructive plastic and burns surgery department, where Andrew is being treated said: “We’d like to say a massive thank you to him for sacrificing his beard and to everyone who has sponsored him.

“This sacrifice will not be in vain and every penny he raises will go to help other patients.”