More than £50,000 was raised in 2015 to help a Christleton man raise awareness for his rare illness.

Rod Alexander has spent the last few years battling stage 3 myeloma, a cancer of the bone marrow, which only affects around 5000 people in the UK each year, and has undergone chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant.

Shortly after his diagnosis, Rod founded a fundraising group to raise money for Myeloma UK who focus on research into the disease, and set out to raise £60,000.

In just over a year, following numerous coffee mornings, bridge evenings, marathons, zumbathons, charity suppers and cycle rides and a concert, he has managed to raise a staggering £50,000.

Now a recent donation from the Ring O’Bells pub in Christleton and funding from Waverton brewery Spitting Feathers’ beer festival has helped the sum reach an impressive £51, 800.

Rod said: “We are all amazed by how much we have managed to raise over the last year. Our first event made £55! We are overwhelmed by the generosity and support that we have received. The support in particular from Ian Wade and his team at the Ring O’Bells has been fantastic.

"Not only did Ian take part in the bike ride but he has also allowed us to hold coffee mornings and pub quizzes in the pub as well as this generous amount raised from over a thousand chicken burgers!”