Community News: ‘Play 4 Lesley’ raises £5,000 for Addenbrooke’s Charity in memory of Lesley Judge…

A day of fundraising called Play 4 Lesley recently raised approximately £5000 including GiftAid for the Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT). 

The event, which was kindly hosted by Royston Leisure Centre took place at the end of April in Memory of Lesley Judge, long time Royston resident, who sadly passed away last September.

Lesley had lived in Royston since the 1970’s, having moved here from Hackney in London in time to attend both Greneway and Meridian Schools. She was born in 1963 to surviving parents Shirley and Brian Heale, with brother Perry arriving two years later.

After leaving school, Lesley worked in Cambridge at the Royal Insurance, before working at Addenbrookes Hospital at the Clinical School. It was at this time that it was first found that Lesley had Hodgkin’s Disease, which she contracted at 18 and then again at 20, at which time she had extensive radiotherapy.

Having overcome this setback, Lesley soon started working at Dom Holdings in Royston and in 1985 was married to Andy Judge, a local school teacher.

Over the next 38 years of marriage, Lesley later worked at the Heath Sports Club for 14 years, before working in finance for 17 years at Greneway School and later RSAT and KJAR.

Lesley and Andy had 4 children: Lindsay, Ashley, Ryan and Jamie and two Grandchildren: Finley and Orla. She was very proud of all of them.

Although Lesley had a very happy family life, at the age of 50 she discovered that her cancer had returned; this time in the form of breast cancer. Despite treatment, this appeared again when she was 55 and then just when she thought she had beaten it, again at the age of 59.

She remained positive, determined and very brave and despite all of the problems that confronted her always kept going with a smile and would not give in, until sadly at the age of 60 she was taken, fairly suddenly, back in September.

The fundraiser involved a marathon of 8 hours of sport, featuring badminton, basketball, table tennis and football. Around 60 of Lesley’s family and their friends took part, with some involved in all four sports. Lesley’s three sons participated in all four events while her husband Andy played badminton and table tennis. Lesley’s brother Perry and his family took part with sister-in-law Wendy and her son Daniel in the runners up in the badminton competition.

The badminton competition was won by local teachers Viv Ofstedahl and Glendon Crook, while colleagues Ashley Judge and Rob Dowler won the table tennis.

Away from the competition, Lesley’s daughter Lindsay and daughter-in-law Alyce sold cakes and managed the raffle while Ryan’s partner Ellie masterminded the scoreboard system.

Participants contributed to the fundraising with many local people being extremely generous in helping a local cause which impacts all of us.

Lesley is greatly missed by all who knew her and leaves a huge gap in the lives of her family and friends. She would be proud to know how much has been raised in her name for Addenbrookes, having had incredible care from so many dedicated and wonderful staff at the hospital.

To read more and make a donation visit – Play4LesleyJustGiving