NEARLY £1,000 has been raised in memory of a ‘hard working’ father-of-five from Chard after a coffee morning in the town.

Guy Warren died in August 2009 after a battle with cancer, and to mark nine years since his passing his family decided to raise money for charity.

This is the second year the Warren family have held a Macmillan Coffee Morning, wanting to give back to the group who helped look after their dad in his final few days.

Kenndrah Warren, one of Guy’s children, said: “A massive thank you to all family, friends, and the local people and businesses of chard for their donations and for attending our Macmillan coffee morning.

“After baking tons of cake - special shout out to mum, Trudi Warren - making cups of tea and coffee, ripping hundreds of raffle tickets, hunting for the name of the teddy and competing in silent auctions, we are very proud to announce we have raised a whopping £896.51.”

This money will pay for a Macmillan nurse to support people living with cancer and their families, and provide them with essential medical, practical and emotional support, for approximately four to five days.

Kenndrah added: “We are unbelievably proud to have raised this money for Macmillan.

“Without Macmillan, our dad’s last 19 days would not have been as comfortable as they were and we as a family would not have received the support we needed when our whole world had been turned upside down.

“We hope to see you all next year with a target in excess of £1,000, enough money to support someone living with cancer and their family for a whole week.

“It was all for you Dad, you are our hero, we will see you on the other side of the stars.”

Guy and his wife Trudi had been together since they were teenagers, and they were married for 29 years.

Guy worked milking cows and had a very successful job as an agricultural land specialist.

He had five children, as well as 15 grandchildren and one great grandson.

He died of cancer at home aged 49.

Kenndrah said: “Dad has always been a great role model, kind and caring and thought the world of his family.

“In his last days dad never questioned ‘why me’, he just rejoiced in the last few days that he could be surrounded by his family, the people he loved and thought the world of.”