Raising cash for charity is a way of life for Les

From left, Richard Graham and Les Heyhoe
From left, Richard Graham and Les Heyhoe
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Gosport’s very own volunteering hero has been hosting a range of activities to raise money for a local charity.

Les Heyhoe, of Vincent Road, staged three events at The Glencoe pub and managed to raise more than £1,000 for the Harbour Cancer Support Centre,.

Over eight weeks, Les held a ‘play your cards right’ evening, ping pong on a string and quarter card bingo.

Les, 54, said: ‘The idea is simple and people only needed to pay a couple of pounds to enter the contests.

‘The ping pong game is good because it looks simple, but is actually quite tricky.

‘It worked by having a pint glass on the floor, and then two pieces of string coming out of it.

‘The idea is to then roll a ping pong ball down and get it into the glass.

‘But what people don’t realise is there are knots in the string, which means it makes it more difficult.

‘It was £1 for two attempts and unfortunately no-one won.’

Les is known locally and nationally for his fundraising efforts and has dedicated his life to it.

‘I have been raising money for charities since I was 16,’ said Les.

‘By the time I was 18 I had raised my first £1m and it has always been through simple ideas.’

Over the years Les reckons he has raised an amazing £22m for a variety of different charities.

His efforts were recognised when he was voted UK Volunteer of the Year in 2006.

Les was also voted a winner in the Cruise the Coast competition for community heroes run by The News and The Coast radio station in 2009, where his prize was a week cruising aboard a luxury yacht in the south of France.

Harbour Cancer Support Centre in Gosport offers support to people affected by cancer across south east Hampshire. This includes patients, their families, carers and friends.

Melanie Whitfield-Tinkler, manager of the centre, said: ‘We are hugely grateful for the work Les has put in to raise the money.

‘It is money like this that means the charity can carry on operating because we don’t get core funding from anywhere.’

Melanie added: ‘This sort of money always makes a difference and will go towards providing the services that help cancer sufferers in our community.’