Aston Villa’s Heartfelt Surprise for Superfan Andrew

55-year-old Andrew Finch, known as Andy to his loved ones, was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2014.


After nine years of battling the disease and keeping it under control, in August 2023 Andy and his family received the devastating news that the cancer had come back.


On 27th December 2023, Andy underwent an operation, but unfortunately doctors discovered the cancer was terminal.


Andy was admitted to our Warwick Myton Hospice Inpatient Unit in mid-March 2024. Andy’s dad, David, commented on their time at Myton:


“Myton have been fantastic and we can’t praise them highly enough. From the staff to the volunteers, they’ve made us feel so safe and comfortable here.

Since the age of eight when David took Andy to a Sunderland A.F.C v Aston Villa match, Andy has been an Aston Villa fanatic – a love affair lasting 47 years! The pair would attend every Saturday afternoon home games and Andy has much of his body tattooed with Aston Villa artwork.

The Myton Hospices - Kenny Swain and Andrew
The Myton Hospices - Kenny Swain, Andrew and family
The Myton Hospices - Kenny Swain and Andrew

After understanding the love Andy and his family have for Aston Villa, we thought it would be truly amazing if an Aston Villa player could make a visit to Andy. Thanks to the amazing support from The Aston Villa Foundation, we managed make this dream a reality!


Ex-players, Kenny Swain and Andy Blair visited Andy at Warwick Myton Hospice, and Tommy Johnson sent a video message full of love and admiration.


David added:


It was such a delightful shock, the whole family were thrilled! For the ex-players to take the time to visit and send videos means so much to Andy and us all, and to give him signed shirts as well!

Kenny brought a photo of him and Steven Gerrard which he signed with a special message. I think that’s Andy’s most prized possession now!

We still can’t quite believe it! It just shows there are some amazing people out there! They are all such amazing gentlemen and we couldn’t be more thankful for their generosity.

On behalf of Andy, his family and everyone at The Myton Hospices, thank you so much to Aston Villa Football Club, The Aston Villa Foundation, Kenny Swain, Tommy Johnson and Andy Blair.

You have truly shown what a family the Villa are!


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