A BRUCHE man has raised nearly £2,000 for the hospice where his dad was cared for during the last weeks of his life.

David Clarke's dad Ken spent time in St Rocco's Hospice in Bewsey before he died at the age of 60 in 2000.

Last month David completed the Manchester 10k in his memory, raising a total of £1,800 for St Rocco's.

The 50-year-old said: "My dad passed away at St Rocco's 17 years ago and was in there for the last couple of weeks of his life.

"I just really wanted to give something back to them as they're a charity close to my heart because of how they supported my dad and my family at a bad time.

"They were unbelievable and my dad didn't want for anything - they made him really comfortable and the nurses there were all fantastic from start to finish.

"Work colleagues, friends and family have all been very supportive in the run and my fundraising, and St Rocco's have been really good as well."

David's charity efforts come after he lost 4st through the Fit to Tackle programme and beginners' running group Warrington Plodders.

He managed to smash his initial target of raising £200 with the run.

The dad-of-four completed the 10k, which came in the wake of the Manchester Arena bombing, alongside friends Carl Lee, Emma Hawthorne and Mike Hawthorne with the runners holding a celebratory barbecue afterwards.

David added: "I had type two diabetes which I've nearly reversed through losing weight.

"I feel incredible and I like running everywhere, it's been great.

"The 10k was quite a sombre experience with the Manchester bombings being the week before, but I was absolutely determined to do it.

"It was tough but the crowd were unbelievable."