Brave lecturer is inspirational

sp94324 Chesterfield College Fundraiser. L-R, Steve Everton, Mark Lievesley, James Fearn launching the bricklaying challenge.
sp94324 Chesterfield College Fundraiser. L-R, Steve Everton, Mark Lievesley, James Fearn launching the bricklaying challenge.

INSPIRATIONAL college lecturer Mark Lievesley has raised thousands for charity after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Mark, 26, a bricklaying lecturer at Chesterfield College has organised several fundraising events to raise money for Sarcoma UK, a charity that aims to combat the rare form of cancer that he suffers from.

On Monday and Tuesday, Mark was at the college’s Wharf Lane construction campus hosting a two-day fundraising event, complete with giant swings, a raffle and a bricklaying competition, as well as a fancy dress day across the college.

He said: “The college have been so supportive, everyone has been great.

“Loads of people have come down to help raise money, and I think just how everybody has come together is something that needs recognising.”

Mark, who lives in Danesmoor, was diagnosed with cancer when he was 18, but it returned this year and despite chemotherapy, the sarcoma is now terminal.

Curriculum manager for construction at Chesterfield College, Steve Everton, said: “If I could clone him, I would.

“Mark started with us as a student and I tutored him. Since then we have watched each other grow over nine years, and 12 months ago he came to teach here.

“We have been through quite a journey together.”

The college’s acting principal, Trevor Clay, said: “He’s an inspiration to a lot of people through his experiences and his commitment.

“It has been great to see people rallying around him raising money for this wonderful cause.”

An event on December 9 at Miners and Diners in Clay Cross raised over £5,000 for Sarcoma UK, and the event at the college is expected to raise at least £2,000 more.

ellie.hunter@derbyshiretimes.co.uk