The trustees and staff at the Charity were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Malcolm McDonald who was a valued and very much liked trustee. Malcolm passed away at his home in Gloucestershire on 29/08/2016, aged only 51, after a courageous year of battling cancer.
Malcolm joined Barchester Healthcare in 1999 as Maintenance Manager at Moreton Hill Care Centre, before moving to White Lodge care home near Swindon.
In 2010 Malcolm became a champion of the Foundation, he was a proud winner of 2 Barchester Care Awards and a Foundation Gold Medallist.
Malcolm was the mastermind of so many fundraising events for the Foundation including the 2011 Toolbox Calendar with the Property Services team, raising £6,000; he formed The Tin Shakers band that toured in 2012 and later produced their own CD “Barch on the Run”, in 2014, raising £5,000.
In 2012 Malcolm oversaw the construction of a decked fishing platform at White Lodge which was officially opened as part of the first ever Fishing for Forces competition day. Following this, Malcolm organised another fishing competition at White Lodge - The Mondial Cup - which raised more than £7,000 for Barchester’s Charitable Foundation. Thanks to his fundraising events, Malcolm built relationships with Tedworth House recovery centre which is part of the Help for Heroes charity and Fishing for Forces who frequently fish White Lodge care home’s lake.
His fundraising passion didn’t stop there, he co-organised the Thames River Challenge in 2013 with the L & D team, raising £14,000 for the Foundation and Help for Heroes. In 2015 Malcolm was also hard at work behind the scenes sourcing prestigious auction prizes from Barchester suppliers for the Barchester Golf Masters in Wales boosting the fantastic amount raised the Foundation by this event. Malcolm was an expert in relationship building and fundraising, making extremely valuable connections and contributions to both Barchester and the Foundation by featuring in local Gloucestershire press and radio as well as sourcing valuable prizes for the many fundraising events he organised or was involved with.
In July 2015 Malcolm became a trustee of the Foundation and was a huge asset to the board with his many ideas and creative thinking.
Our Chairman Mike Parsons gave a touching tribute to Malcolm at the recent Barchester Golf Masters in Inverness. A new trophy for this annual Barchester Golf event, the Malcolm Macdonald Trophy was commissioned in Malcolm’s honour and the first winner, Lee Bruton also paid tribute to Malcolm who he described as a true legend. Mike Parsons said that Malcolm would have wanted the fun to continue, and so it did.
Malcolm will be greatly missed by all his friends and colleagues within Barchester and Barchester’s Charitable Foundation.
The funeral service took place in Cheltenham on 15/09/2016 and a fundraising page for Cancer Research UK has been set up in Malcolm’s memory. If you would like to make a donation please follow this link: