CHAMPNEYS Forest Mere members dove into a charity challenge in memory of Margaret Cooper, who died recently aged 84. 

The team sweated through an 84-minute aqua class and a treadmill session, with Margaret’s grandson Sam taking on the 84th minute. Then they swapped sweat for sweet treats with a coffee morning and staff cake-off. 

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Sam takes on last minute (Champneys Forest Mere)

The result? A whopping £9,050 raised for Midhurst Macmillan, who were the ‘angels’ who cared for Margaret.

Organiser Lydia Osmond-Davis said: “Margaret was cared for by the team at Midhurst Macmillan and this event was primarily in memory of her, but many of us have experience of cancer or know someone who has.

"The nurses and doctors of Midhurst Macmillan deliver wonderful care.  They really are angels.”

Champneys Forest Mere members charity splash
Champneys Forest Mere members charity splash (Champneys Forest Mere)

Champneys Forest Mere general manager, Raili Loppe-Worley, said: “We were very happy to support this member-led event, and are thrilled with the result. 

"We all felt Champneys’ late owner and Chairperson, Dorothy Purdew OBE, who died this summer, would have approved as cancer support and care were close to her heart.” 

Midhurst Macmillan is the local, independent specialist palliative care NHS service treating patients with cancer and life-limiting illnesses at home whenever possible.  For more information visit