The devoted family of Eastwood’s former British champion weightlifter, Ken Clifford, have provided a legacy to a local church group which lifted his spirits before his recent death.
AtMr Clifford’s funeral a magnificent sum of £731.86p was collected and the money has been presented to Eastwood St Mary’s Friendship Club.
Mr Clifford’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”.
Mr.Clifford, 79,of South Street, Eastwood, joined the group in 2012.
“He had health problems and was depressed but his time at the church group gave him a new lease of life” said his son Stephen.
“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 club should benefit and the amount donated exceeded all expectations.” he added.
Mr Clifford, a retired lorry driver at Moorgreen Colliery, was an accomplished weightlifter who won cups and trophies in competitions at home and abroad.
He ran a club at the Plumptre Hall in Eastwood and when that folded he did no more than to start a new club which trained in purpose built premises at the bottom of his garden!
He was competing well into his 70s and trained many local youngsters.
His motto was “stay fit, look after your body and do your best.”
Eastwood St Mary’s Friendship Club was formed in the 1980s by the late Colin Dyson.
The group meets in The Lounge (near to Plumptre Hall) on Wednesdays between 2pm and 3pm.
New members are welcome to join and for more details contact Janet Shaw on 01773-788194.