An Abbots Langley father who lost his wife after a battle with cancer raised more than £1,000 for a leading cancer charity.

Malcolm Horne held a barbecue at his Gable Close home last Saturday to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Lydia Horne lost her battle with cancer in 2009, aged 32.

Mr Horne said: "A lot of my friends are doing the Race for Life for Cancer Research UK, but I can’t do that because I have Multiple Scerosis. At the moment, they are doing a big promotion for people to hold a barbecue and I can do that."

Mr Horne was delighted with how the event went, which saw more than 70 people turn up throughout the day. 

He said: "It was a fantastic day, we raised nearly £1,100 for a good cause.

"I felt really good, I felt really good that I could give something back.

"The feedback I had from neighbours and my friends and family who came along said they really enjoyed the day. There was a lot for the kids to do, with a bouncy castle and tattoos."

However, the 42-year-old is unsure about whether he will hold a similar event again and thanked the companies who donated prizes for the raffle.

Mr Horne added: "They have asked me if I would do it again. Do I want to keep bringing up the past every year? I don’t know.

"I would just like to say thank you to TC Mobile, Premier Heating, Swift Services and Abbots Tandoori who donated the prizes and Abbots Langley Bouncy Castles for donating the bouncy castle at a cheaper rate."