Olympic eventing trainer Kenneth Clawson has raised nearly £9,000 for hospitals in Leicestershire.

Kenneth, from Leire, was diagnosed with leukaemia in March 2007. He was treated at the Royal Infirmery and has been in remission for two years. Despite his illness he coached the British team at the Beijing Olympics last summer.

Kenneth raised the money at his 60th birthday party earlier this year.

“I wanted to have a Moulin Rouge themed party after visiting Paris,” said Kenneth. “So, when my 60th arrived and I was two years in remission I thought I would use the opportunity to throw my party and to raise money for the hospital.

“I asked my friends for donations instead of presents and I was thrilled by their generosity.”

Dr Ann Hunter, a transplant consultant at Leicester’s Hospitals said she was delighted that Mr Clawson had made such a positive recovery and was back at work.

She added: “We are always indebted to our patients and their generosity in supporting us for the benefit of future patients.”

Some of the funds raised will be used to buy a specialist fridge for the stem cell laboratory which can store blood and stem cells overnight.