A remarkable £1million has been raised in honour of a popular Raynes Park man who died of cancer aged 48.

Bruno Delrieux was diagnosed with bile duct cancer in 2016 and died in December 2017, leaving behind a wife and two children.

The staggering amount has been split evenly between Macmillan Cancer Support and The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, two organisations that supported Bruno during his time of need.

Bruno's wife Zeljana paid thanked the charities which were "very close" to their hearts.

"The Royal Marsden, in particular his consultant Dr Chiara Braconi, treated Bruno, me and our daughters with so much compassion and it’s an honour to be supporting their work finding new ways to diagnose and treat cancer, giving patients hope," Zeljana said.

“Our Macmillan nurse was also incredible. She was always there to provide support and advice about treatment and side-effects. What they do is so important.

“I also can’t express how wonderful Sunita and Surinder Arora are and how grateful I am for the support they have given us. When Bruno was ill they would have done anything to help and have become like family.”

The impressive amount was raised at the bi-annual Arora Ball in October 2018.

Arora charitable foundation founder Sunita Arora described Bruno - who worked as a general manager at the company's Crawley hotel - as a "valued colleague and dear friend."

"We’re so thankful to everyone who attended and supported the Ball and who helped us raise £1 million in Bruno’s memory for the two charities that mean so much to his family," he said.

"You will all know of the renowned and respected, iconic Macmillan nurse.

"No-one ever forgets their Macmillan nurse and it is because of these nurses and the wonderful work that Macmillan does that Surinder and I decided to support Macmillan Cancer Support, who provide physical, financial and emotional support to help everyone with cancer live life as fully as they can."