AN INSPIRATIONAL young lecturer who raised thousands for cancer charities has lost his battle with the disease.
Mark Lievesley, 27, died peacefully at his Danesmoor home on Monday afternoon, following a year-long fight with sarcoma.
The brickwork lecturer – who was diagnosed with the rare cancer in April 2011 – was with family and girlfriend, Kelly Titmuss when he died, just four weeks after the illness forced him to leave his job at Chesterfield College.
His sister, Paula Newsome, from Brimington, said: “He went so peacefully, we couldn’t have asked for anything better in the circumstances. We were able to be together as a family for his last moments.”
Mum, Angie Stone, added: “Finding out about the cancer was just devastating. He was at the prime of his life, where everything was going good for him. He so wanted to do this job at the college and I feel if anybody wanted to live it was him.
“He loved life and he said he would fight for it. And he did, for five months longer than they thought he would live.”
Mark, an avid fan of Tottenham Hotspur, raised more than £11,000 for the charity, Sarcoma UK through fundraising nights and events at the college, and was named Fundraiser of the Year at the Derbyshire Times Pride Awards last month.
His colleague, Steve Everton, who was chosen by Mark to be one of his six pall-bearers at his funeral, described him as an “inspirational” tutor.
He said: “He showed such dedication for the job, and I have said it before but if I could clone him I would.
“I have known him since he was a student at 18, teaching him up to 18 months ago when he became a lecturer himself. It’s a sad loss for the deparment, and a sad loss for everyone.”
Trevor Clay, the college’s acting principal, also paid tribute to the popular lecturer.
He said: “Our thoughts go out to Mark’s family at this very sad time and we would like to join all of his colleagues in the Construction department in giving thanks for Mark and remembering all of his inspirational achievements. We are collecting donations for Sarcoma UK from across the College and hope to raise more funds for the charity in the future in memory of Mark”.
Mark’s funeral will be on Thursday, June 7, at 10.30am at St Barnabas Centre, Danesmoor. His family are asking for donations to Ashgate Hospice in lieu of flowers. Friends and colleagues are donating money for Mark’s memorial stone.
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