A NORTH Petherton man has organised a charity walk to help say thank you for lifesaving radiotherapy treatment he received.

After first being diagnosed with prostate cancer Tim Smith had an operation and all seemed to well - however four years later the cancer returned.

Tim was given radiotherapy treatment in 2010, which the doctor said should give him another eight years.

Now, just over eight years on, Tim wanted to say thank you and celebrate by going on his favourite canal walk with friends, family and supporters, with the aim of raising money for the Somerset Unit for Radiotherapy Equipment (SURE).

The group set off from Maunsel Lock cafe at 3pm on Saturday, September 1, ably led by Tim’s three-year-old grandson Oscar, who also helped keep walkers refreshed with the gingerbread men he had made with his parents.

Mr Smith said: “The walk was good fun and enjoyed by all and our thanks to the cafe for staying open for refreshments after the walk.

“With the walk and donations we have so far raised more than £1,000 and I hope we can to make it £1,500.

“So well done and thank you to Oscar, Izzie, Mia, Harry and Harriet and everyone else who made it fun.”

The event also included a raffle with prizes including a year’s family membership to Hestercombe Gardens in Taunton, while all those taking part were also kept refreshed thanks to a donation of a free bottle of water for each participant from Tesco in North Petherton.

If you would like to donate, visit mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/timothysmith2.