A SUPPORT and social group walked 15 miles earlier this month to raise funds for a man who was diagnosed with stage four cancer in April.

Hoyland Support and Social Group managed to raise £2,400 for Phil Rudd and his family, after being given the shock diagnosis.

The group walked from Belmont Working Men’s Club to Elsecar, Cortonwood, Wombwell, Worsbrough, Birdwell, Hoyland Common and finished back at the Belmont taking five hours to complete.

Simon Davies, founder of the group, said that half of the money will go towards the group’s next free-to-attend community event which will take place on July 29 and the rest will go to the family of Phil who are still coming to terms with his diagnosis and making memories with their children.

He said: “He was only diagnosed a couple of months ago, and now he’s got cancer in multiple places from an unknown primary place.

“We wanted to do something to show our support through this difficult time, so decided to organise a fundraising walk.

“Our next event in July will be completely free for the community.

“There will be a BBQ, a bouncy castle, face painting, sport games, drinks and live entertainment.”