A FUNDRAISING effort in the name of a beloved Hyde Rotarian has raised almost eight times its original target.
Kevin Maddox passed away in July after a long battle with cancer.
And in a display of just how much his efforts meant to people in the community, about £1,500 has been raised for Manchester’s Christie Hospital.
Familiar to the community as Father Christmas at the annual sleigh parade, Kevin, 68, was described as a ‘great friend’ and a ‘true gent.’
Daughter Natasha said: “The Christie has been amazing over the past five years to my dad and us as a family, giving him all the support, care and treatment needed which allowed us as a family to continue making special memories.
“The staff at The Christie are amazing at what they do and we can’t praise them enough.
“Dad would have wanted donations to The Christie, so they can continue helping more people and keep finding new treatments.”
Kevin was a President of Hyde Rotary twice, in 2008-09 and again for 2016-17, after joining in 2003.
He was awarded the Paul Harris Fellow recognition – the highest award in Rotary – which is given in recognition for selfless service to the organisation.
Kevin was club secretary and Hyde Rotary’s community services chairman and helped raise tens of thousands of pounds.
He was project co-ordinator for local collection of shoes for Shoe Aid UK last year and was also involved in a scheme that saw money donated to buy desperately needed PPE.
News of Kevin’s death was greeted with sadness by people and groups he had worked with.
Katie Stelfox wrote: “I’m deeply saddened to hear of the loss of a good friend Kevin Maddox.
“Me and Kevin worked as part of a team when it came to music competitions and he helped out at our last event which we helped raise money for terminally poorly children by supporting the Make A Wish charity.
“He truly had a great personality and a good heart and I’m really gonna miss you Kev. To a great friend rest in peace and may God bless you for all the beautiful things you did to support your local community.”
The Finding Rainbows group added: “Kevin has supported so many charities and helped so many in our community.
“You will be very sadly missed. Thank you for your guidance and advice, Kevin.”
Infinity Initiatives continued: “Kevin was a true gent with a kind heart and a cracking sense of humour.
“He was always extremely supportive of our work at Infinity and I for one will miss him popping by or messaging with an idea to help people both locally and further afield.
“He was so proud of his many roles within the Rotary and always such good company at events. He has certainly left a huge hole but with it lasting memories and many legacies.”
The Rotary Club of Hyde said in a statement: “He was so proud of his massive achievements within rotary and he will be so greatly missed by us all.”