Andover People Turn Pain into Positivity

Friends and colleagues at Andover Leisure Centre have been turning their grief into something more positive by raising money for the Macmillan cancer charity.

In memory of Heath Macdonald, who sadly died of cancer in September, staff and members decided to put losing pounds to one side and focus instead on raising £££s at a Macmillan Coffee morning held at the centre.

Heath was diagnosed with skin cancer melanoma in April this year. He had been a member of Andover Leisure Centre for 10 years and for about a year before he died he worked at the gym, supporting people to get fit and be more active.

The coffee and cake morning raised £500 and Jess Browning, Andover Leisure Centre’s physical activity development manager handed a cheque over to Kim Appleby from Macmillan Cancer Support last month. Heath’s wife Mercedes and their daughter Darrian also came to the presentation.

Kim said: “Thank you so much for Valley Leisure’s fantastic fundraising efforts in support of Macmillan. It’s a wonderful gift in memory of Heath.

“Macmillan is here to support everyone affected by cancer and the money raised will help us in making sure that no one faces cancer alone.”

Kevin Paterson, chief executive with Valley Leisure, who run the leisure centre on behalf of Andover Leisure Centre said: “Heath will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him, including the staff and members but the money is a small relief because it go towards helping and supporting those who are currently dealing with cancer and their families and friends.”

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