A former mayor has raised £16,475 for new medical equipment to help cancer patients.

Cllr John Hensley, who was Mayor of Hillingdon from May 2016 to May 2017, raised the money for the Paul Strickland Scanner Centre at Mount Vernon Hospital through his Journey Through Life appeal.

He inspired people to donate cash and organise quiz nights, a charity gala, a car show and other events.

Cllr Hensley said: “I’m very impressed with the ground-breaking work that Paul Strickland Centre carries out in identifying and treating cancer.

“A big thank-you to the community for supporting my mayoral charity 2016/17 that enabled essential equipment to be purchased for the benefit of our residents that use this centre.”

It is an independent medical charity which carries out monitoring and diagnosis of people with serious conditions such as cancer.

Claire Strickland, chief executive of Paul Strickland Scanner Centre, said: “The money raised by Cllr John Hensley will make a huge difference to patients and we are hugely grateful for this amazing support.

“He, and everybody who supported his appeal, have our heartfelt thanks.”

The money will be spent on equipment for disabled patients.