Workmates pay tribute to Andy Feather

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Colleagues of former Halifax rugby union player Andrew Feather who died following an attack at a Halifax nightclub attack have taken part in a fundraising challenge in his memory.

Nearly 50 people from a Dewbury pharmaceutical company and Halifax rugby union climbed three Yorkshire peaks in a single day to raise money for Overgate Hospice.

A spokesman at Telstar Life Sciences UK Limited, where 38-year-old Mr Feather was financial controller, said: “This is a sad time for all of us. Andrew was very well thought of.

“Everyone was keen to take part to show their respects. People from the firm went to his funeral in Halifax, which nearly 800 people attended.

“Andrew’s mum Jennifer worked as a director of the hospice and Andrew did a lot of fundraising for the charity, which was very close to his heart.

“Andrew was an extremely popular colleague. He was helpful, polite and good fun to be around. He always asked how you were and had a genuine interest in his colleagues’ wellbeing. The door to his office was always open. He was a true gentleman.”

She said all Telstar’s suppliers and business neighbours at Shaw Cross business park, Dewsbury, had been asked to support the 24-mile challenge.

Mr Feather was killed by a single punch during an unprovoked attack by Dale McLean, of Huddersfield, who jailed for five years and four months for unlawful killing.

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