Long-serving member of Telegraph Sport desk Lesley MacDonald dies, aged 54

Lesley MacDonald, The Telegraph‘s longtime and immensely popular sports desk manager has died after a brave battle with cancer. She was 54.

Lesley had served The Telegraph for 21 years and joined the company while based in Canary Wharf. Her calm, friendly, and efficient manner was quickly trusted by writers, often scattered around the world, and editors.

Lesley bravely battled the disease through 2020 and kept in touch with officemates.

She was cared for by a hospice over Christmas and was at home with her mother, sister and caregivers when she died.

adam sill, The Telegraph‘s Head of Sport, said: “Without Lesley, we would not have been able to provide the same level of coverage over the past two decades. She was a fundamental figure in the organization and smooth functioning of telegraph sports. An unsung hero turning the wheels.

“We missed her greatly over the past year when she was absent due to her terrible illness and we will remember her good humour, her steadfastness, her brilliance at work and her kind and generous nature with colleagues. People like Lesley are the rocks around which successful operations are built and she has allowed the rest of us to continue with the fun parts of sports journalism while making sure everyone was in the right place at the right time and that the basics of the department worked efficiently. She will be greatly missed.”

There were numerous honors from other colleagues. One said: “She was always such a reassuring voice of calm and control.”

Another added, “She was such a caring and solid person and we were all grateful for her presence.” Long-serving member of Telegraph Sport desk Lesley MacDonald dies, aged 54

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