A Flintshire man has helped raise thousands of pounds for a cancer unit in memory of his partner.

Colin Evans, from Connah's Quay, is part of a group that formed in 2001 to raise money for a different good cause each year.

Between Christmas and New Year, they would hold an evening for friends and family, and over their 20 years, have raised at least £78,000.

Their latest donation was to the Shooting Star Cancer Support Unit, at the Wrexham Maelor Hospital, where the group presented a cheque for £6,520.

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Colin, 55, said: "We started initially with a get together of about 150 people at the sports club in Deeside in 2001.

"It was such a success we did it again, and we realised we would need a bigger venue.

"So for the last 18 years we have held the event at the Deeside Naval Club.

"We always support a cause that is close to us for some reason."

Choosing Shooting Star was an incredibly personal and important choice for Colin, whose partner Angela received treatment at the unit and passed away in July 2020.

Colin now says they are drawing a line at their 20th event, despite calls from people for the now much-loved seasonal event to continue.

He said: "People still want us to do what became known as the Annual Christmas Charity Night but we have said this one is our last.

"It's been such a success, thanks to the people who came, the local businesses that took part and all those who donated to raffles over the years."

Over the years the group have supported Hope House Children's Hospices, Deeside Community Hospital, Nightingale House Hospice, air ambulance and many more.

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Chairman of the Shooting Star board of trustees, David Parry, said: "We are a small local charity run by a board of trustees who are all voluntary and our essential overheads are tiny - the accountant, our secretary, treasurer and statutory fees.

"We formed in the 1990s in order to construct an outpatient oncology department within the Maelor General NHS hospital at Wrexham, for which we raised over £2 million.

"Since completing this work, we have concentrated on a support role and purchased some major pieces of equipment and many other smaller items. We have also funded a pre-habilitation unit to help the preparation of patients for surgery, and are also pleased to help with day-to-day minor matters as and when they arise.

"We can always be asked speedily to respond to a request and find we can cut through the NHS bureaucracy wherever possible.

"In the last year, with the worrying backlog of cases, we have really concentrated on providing additional pieces of equipment to consultants and departments, all of whom do such terrific work with cancer patients in the Maelor Hospital."