A BARNSLEY bus driver has raised more than £8,000 for a cancer charity after completing a mammoth fundraiser.

Stagecoach bus driver, Harry Machin, alongside friend David Brookes, planned and organised a series of fundraising events to collect a huge £8,111 for Weston Park Cancer Charity.

The main event was a sponsored walk from Sheffield Interchange to Barnsley Interchange – a distance of 14.5 miles.

Harry decided to start raising money for Weston Park after having lost four close friends to cancer.

He said, “A number of good friends have gone through cancer treatment in recent years, and I’ve seen first hand the mental and physical toll the disease has.

“I just wanted to do something to help people who are going through it.

“The cause is so important and the support we’ve had with fundraising has been amazing – we’ve had donations from all over the world, all from people with connections to Birdwell.”

Other fundraising activities include events held at Birdwell Working Men’s Club and The Cock Inn as well as an auction selling bottles of alcohol which raised £500.

Bill McCartney, operations director of Stagecoach Yorkshire, said: “Millions of people every year are affected by cancer, and we strongly support the amazing work done by Western Park Cancer Charity to help those who are going through treatment.

“We are very proud of Harry, his fellow Stagecoach colleagues and his friends outside the business that contributed to the fundraising efforts.”