A YOUNG farmer who lost his best friend to bone cancer is devoting his spare time to fundraising for research into the disease.
Danny Atkins, chairman of Woolsery YFC, is trying to attract £3,000 from sponsors so he can run the London Marathon in the name of William Carling, who was 21 when he died two years ago.
Twenty-three-year-old Danny has organised an autumn charity ball at Holsworthy Memorial Hall.
He said: "We have held fundraisers such as tea afternoons and evening events, sports matches such as basketball and golf and recently a rugby game.
"We have raised a considerable amount in memory of Will.
"Being one of his best friends I wanted to increase the amount of money and ultimately do something I never thought I could possibly do, which is to run the London Marathon in 2014.
"I have been told by Team Bones, the official Bone Cancer Research Trust team, that I have a place with them, but in return I have to raise £3,000 for them.
"So with a few others I've organised a charity autumn ball to raise the money in aid of the Bone Cancer Research Trust and in support of my marathon run.
"Will was the strongest, bravest and most positive person I have ever met. He was told at age of 19 he had about six months to live. He then fought for a year-and-a-half.
"Within all that doom and gloom of the illness, he still saw the positive side to everything.
"He kept smiling, however painful it was, he did it for his family.
"So now I have carried on with this thinking and I now see that life is worth living, life problems are just minor things, and there are by far worse things happening to people!"
Danny hopes that supporters will come to the ball on September 28 with the £25 tickets to include food and evening entertainment and, promised Danny, "much more".
He has set up a page at www.justgiving.com/Danny-Atkins.
To buy tickets contact Danny on 07972 834981 or email email@example.com.