A LOVING son-in-law is holding a golf day in memory of his father-in-law to support the charity which cared for him during his battle against cancer.

Archie George, 21, who spent most of his childhood in Braintree, is putting on the event at the Essex Golf and Country Club, in Earls Colne, next month.

Archie lost father-in-law Jamie Smith in November last year after a battle with cancer.

In the last months of his life, he was cared for by Farleigh Hospice, which Archie is now raising funds for.

Archie said: “Jamie was the best man ever.

“He was supportive and intelligent with a great sense of humour and the best dad to Bethany, husband to Marie, grandad to Oscar and father-in-law. We miss him immensely.

“He’s my father-in-law, but was like a father to me.

“Farleigh is not NHS funded and it costs them silly amounts of money a day to keep running.”

The golf day will be on October 7.

About 25 people are set to take part, including Jamie’s friends and family, with the family still trying to get numbers up.

There will be 18 holes of golf, food and drink before and after, alongside a raffle and auction.

Archie said: “In the past, Marie, Bethany, Oscar and I have done a charity walk around London, a splash day and an afternoon tea, all raising funds for Farleigh.

“Jamie was a member at the Essex for years and I always wanted to play a round of golf with him, but never had the chance to unfortunately.

“I just thought it would be a nice thing to do to raise money for the charity that looked after Jamie at the club he used to be a member of.”

He added: “The support has been unreal.

“A massive thank you to the golfers taking part, the people and small businesses around Braintree for raffle prizes.

“Thanks to Farleigh themselves for fundraising materials and support and thanks to Bethany, my mum, and others who are helping to sell raffle tickets and make cakes and scones.

“I like to think that I’ve done Jamie proud by organising this in remembrance of him, but he’s probably up there crying with laughter because I couldn’t hit a ball to save my life.

“We all miss you, Jamie.”

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