A MOBILE DJ braved the freezing cold to raise funds for NHS workers during the coronavirus crisis in memory of his late father who died from lymphoma cancer.

Darren Latimer from Crowthorne was inspired to do the charity cold water swim to show the NHS his appreciate after his father Stan was cared for with "dignity" and "passion" by staff at Frimley Park Hospital.

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Darren said: "I decided when getting the swimming pool ready for the summer months, to combine this mental health stimulation with showing some gratitude. 

"The NHS under these unprecedented times of this coronavirus really has become the backbone of this country. 

"Unfortunately my late father passed away aged 71 last October after a year battle with non-Hodgkinson‘s lymphoma. 

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"He was cared and treated with such great passion and dignity, Frimley Park being the main care provider."

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is a type of cancer that affects the lymphatic system, a network of vessels and glands found throughout the body.

The exact cause of non-Hodgkin lymphoma is unknown however, it's more common in people who have a weakened immune system.

Darren completed his charity dip on Wednesday, March 25 to raise money for Macmillan, a charity which supported his dad during his final weeks.

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His Facebook fundraising page has so far raised £103 which will go towards helping the nurses and key workers 

The mobile DJ who owns his own business in Crowthorne, added: "Lucy from Macmillan at Frimley Park provided such a valued service to not only Stan, but his wife (my Stepmother) Brenda Latimer, and all of the family. 

"Sadly my Dads deterioration was very quick over two weeks but even to the very end he was internally grateful to both Macmillan, Lucy and also his Doctor. 

"The opportunity to just be able to try to raise say about £20 or so, to show appreciation in these unprecedented times was all I was hoping to achieve. 

"Macmillan to me means a lifeline. A ear to listen, a shoulder to cry on, and hope, care and compassion. Without Macmillan’s support I’m honestly not sure how we would have all got through. They help so many people week in week out."