Tai Chi event in memory of a kind-hearted instructor

Tai Chi tutor Lee Davis-Conchie touched many people's lives
Tai Chi tutor Lee Davis-Conchie touched many people's lives
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Tai Chi is all about physical well-being and focusing the mind for a state of mental calm and clarity.

And these principles were ones Blackpool Tai Chi instructor Lee Davis-Conchie dedicated many hours of his life too – helping others to live a healthier lifestyle, through practising the martial art.

So the 44-year-old, from South Shore, would have been the first to promote a big holistic Tai Chi event, taking place next Saturday, in Blackpool.

The event will be held in memory of Lee, who sadly died last month.

He had been fighting acute myeloid leukaemia since 2011 and had undergone a bone marrow transplant, which it was hoped would return him to health, but unfortunately it was unsuccessful.

Now Lee’s friends and family have organised the special Taiji in the Park charity day at All Saints Sunday School, on Park Road, on November 16, between 10am and 4pm. This is open to adults and children alike with or without experience.

It was this venue where Lee started his Tai Chi training with Wang Haijun.

There will be Tai Chi taster classes taking place throughout the day, along with meditation sessions, crystal healing and reiki. Entry is free, but those attending are asked to give donations. Money raised will go to good causes, including The Anthony Nolan Trust, which helped Lee.

Lee’s close friend Paul Miller, a fellow Tai Chi instructor, has been involved in organising the event.

He said: “It’s an event to celebrate Tai Chi and celebrating Lee and his dedication and passion.

“It’s going to be quite special to have so many people involved, all in memory of Lee.

“I had only known Lee for five years, but we became very close – he was my best friend and he was like a brother to me.

“He was a phenomenal guy, a lovely person and he gave 100 per cent, mind, body and soul into what he did.

“Lee made everyone feel special and devoted so much time to others.”

Another of Lee’s friends, Sharon Welsh, who helped keep his classes going during his illness, said: “Lee was my teacher but also my friend.

“He was a fabulous person, and a brilliant teacher and his inner strength was simply amazing.

“He was an absolute inspiration to me. The event will be a lovely legacy.”

And Adrian Barry, from Lytham, who was also a good friend of Lee, and helped with his classes, said: “He will be very sadly missed. He was such a generous person, who always had time to give to people.

“He was a very good friend to me and he had a huge positive influence on people.

The fundraising event will feature refreshments – including tea, coffee, biscuits, cakes and Vegan treats and a raffle.

If anyone would like to help out on the day, or bake cakes or donate prizes for the raffle and tombola, please call Paul on 07400 336 669, on (01253) 319406 or email wxtaichi@yahoo.co.uk