The family of former British Champion weightlifter, Ken Clifford have provided a legacy for Eastwood St.Mary’s Friendship Club.
The £731 which was collected at Ken’s funeral was presented to the group which lifted Ken’s spirits before his death.
Ken’s widow Sheila Clifford and her son Stephen visited the group and handed over the money to delighted officials who described the gesture as “ a godsend”.
Ken, 79, of South Street, Eastwood, was the Friendship Club’s newest member, joining the group in 2012.
His son Stephen said: “ He had health problems and was depressed but his time at the church group gave him a new lease of life.
“Dad loved going to the Friendship Club and as a result of the kindness, support and encouragement shown to him by fellow members in the short time that he was there he began to enjoy life again.
“When he died the family agreed that the Friendship club should benefit and the amount donated exceeded all expectations.”
Ken, a retired lorry driver at Moorgreen Colliery, was an accomplished weightlifter who won cups and trophies in competitions at home and abroad and competed into his seventies.
He ran a club at the Plumptre Hall in Eastwood and when that folded he started a new club at the bottom of his garden in purpose built premises.
The St.Mary’s Friendship Club meets in the Lounge near Plumptre Hall on Wednesdays between 2pm and 3pm.
New members are welcome to join and for more details contact Janet Shaw on 01773 788194.