A CROSSFORD man has cast out the charity net in an effort to help cancer sufferers.

Warren Malcolm, known as Mal, organised a fundraising fishing event in aid of Breast Cancer Now.

He was spurred onto do something after close family and friends had been diagnosed with cancer.

"One of my friends is currently fighting this terrible illness," he said. "I was surprised to hear over 350 men are diagnosed with Breast Cancer every year."

The charity event – which raised a total of £3,236.20 – was held at Loch Etive in Argyll and Bute and a total of 208 fish were caught before being returned safely to the water.

Mal added: "Special thanks goes to The Falls of Lora for their hospitality, amazing accommodation and food, Taynuilt Fishing Club Manager for supplying all the boats, Glasgow Fishing Mega Store and for supplying fishing equipment, Inverkeithing Trophy Shop for supplying trophies and engraving and to all those personnel for their generous donations."

Kirsty Potter, Breast Cancer Now's Fundraising Manager (Scotland), was delighted with the support.

"We are so grateful to everyone who supports our work and helps us to continue to fund vital breast cancer research and support," she said. "On behalf of Breast Cancer Now I would like to sincerely thank Mal for organising such a fantastic event which has done so much to raise awareness of the disease. We wish Mal all the very best for his future fundraising.”