THE Chief Executive of a hotel and spa completed an Olympic triathlon to raise money for a former colleague.

Rockliffe Hall’s Chief Executive, Eamonn Elliott, recently successfully completed an Olympic triathlon at Castle Howard, the first stage of his bid to raise £5000 for the family of a former colleague who died in March.

Next, Eamonn will host a special golf day at the five star resort on Tuesday September 3, to raise further funds for the family of Laura Cafferty.

Eamonn worked with Laura at two other hotels during his career, most recently at The Grand Jersey Hotel, where Laura was Spa Manager.

In 2017, at the age of just 34, doctors found a cancerous tumour on Laura’s leg and she was later diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called Leiomyosarcoma.

Laura travelled from her home on Jersey to Southampton for intensive chemotherapy and continued to search for alternative treatments abroad, including Mexico.

Sadly the treatment didn’t work and the cancer metastasised to her pelvis and back. Laura died on 25th March 2019, leaving her husband Karl, and their 2 year old daughter, Maya.

Mr Elliott said: “Laura was a fabulous friend and it was a pleasure knowing her, and working with her.

"She was an incredibly strong woman.

"The triathlon was tough, but worth it to help raise money for such a worthwhile cause and I hope to raise much more through the special golf day in September.”