Colleagues of a “hard-working” and “lovable” NHS worker who is “missed every day” are organising a fundraiser to keep his memory alive.

Arthur Lamb, who was also a county councillor and Whitehaven Cricket Club coach and secretary, died suddenly at his Distington home on January 21.

The 31-year-old had worked at the West Cumberland Hospital for seven years and had just started a new role as deputy business manager in Carlisle.

Mr Lamb’s co-workers from the West Cumberland Hospital’s information team will complete a sponsored walk in his memory next month – and hope it will become an annual event.

Fiona Cowan, who had worked with Mr Lamb since 2015, said: “We wanted to do something in his memory because he was such a big part of the team and the Trust. Just to show that he hasn’t been forgotten and will be remembered for the years ahead. We intend to do it every year.

“We miss him every day. He was full of fun, mischievous, always had a twinkle in his eye. Always got the last word. Just a real hard worker and a lovely person to work with. Very conscientious.

“He was always thinking of the patient – not the figures he was dealing with. He always wanted to do his very best. He was a lovable, gentle giant.

“We think about him every day. If we’ve got a problem, we say, ‘what would Arthur do?’”

Mr Lamb’s colleagues are walking in his memory on Saturday, May 20.

The walk will start at 10am at Haig Pit in Whitehaven, then on to St Bees and across the coast to the Lighthouse, St Bees and finish at the Queens, Main Street St Bees.

Free parking is available at Haig Pit. Everyone is welcome to come along and take part. The money raised will be donated to Epilepsy Action.

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