THE FRIENDS and family of a Yeovil man who died of cancer have raised more than £4,000 in his memory.

Lee Critchley was 41 years old when he passed away after a battle with cancer in October 2016.

He spent his final weeks in the care of St Margaret’s Hospice.

In order to honour his memory and to thank the staff who care for him at the hospice, his family arranged a charity golf day at Cricket St Thomas Golf Club.

Neil Critchley, Lee’s dad, said: “We lost my son to cancer in October 2016.

“He spent his last five weeks at St Margaret’s Hospice in Yeovil on palliative care.

“Having spent every day and night with Lee, we as a family realised how much compassion and care goes into looking after not only the patient, but the family, too.

“We were so grateful for everything they did for Lee and us, so we wanted to give a little back.”

The event, which took place in September, saw £3,950 raised for the charity.

The golf day included a bottle tombola, with more than 200 bottles, and a raffle, with prizes donated by friends and family.

A putting competition was also held with businesses in the area sponsoring the holes.

A birthday party held the night before by golf club member Paul Manley took the total raised up to £4,700.

The cheque presentation took place on December 9.

Mr Critchley added: “We held the event a year after we lost Lee.

“It was such a good success this year and we are hoping to make it a yearly event to continue fundraising for St Margaret’s.

“We would all like to thank Steve and Jackie at the golf club, and everyone who took part to make the day such a huge success.”