A GOLFER who has been told his cancer is terminal decided to give something back to Macmillan with the help of his friends.

Derek Brown raised £5,760 by holding a charity golf event at Burghill Valley Golf Club which saw 30 teams of four take part.

“Since my diagnosis I’ve relied on a lot of Macmillan’s services at the County Hospital and, knowing the charity needs to raise £25,000 a year in Herefordshire, I decided I wanted to give something back," said Derek.

"I don’t know what we’d do without Macmillan’s services in Herefordshire, so many people living with cancer, depend on them. So, I’m absolutely delighted with how much we raised.”

Derek also wants to thank his employer Hereford Galvanizers and friends who have helped him raise the money. Derek and his wife Jeanette, have now joined the Hereford City Macmillan Fundraising Group to help raise even more funds for the charity and plan to hold the event again next year.

Local Fundraising Manager for Macmillan, Emma Garvey said: “What Derek has achieved is amazing, especially as he also has cancer. I’m over the moon for both Derek and Jeanette, they worked so hard to make the day a success.

“Last year we gave over £25,000 of Macmillan grants to nearly 67 people in Herefordshire, who were living with cancer and struggling financially. We also adopted 25 new posts, 24 nursing roles and a dietitian, who now join the rest of the Macmillan team based at The County Hospital in Hereford.

"The money raised by Derek and his supporters, really will make a huge difference.”

The Des Charity Golf Day in aid of Macmillan is an open invitation event on May 19, 2018.