A local fundraising legend has tallied up an incredible amount of cash for charity over the past year.

Derek Montgomery has become synonymous with being a great guy doing great things for great causes.

The humble grandfather, from Craigens, has completed 10 London marathons during his years.

Cumnock Chronicle: Great support for Derek.Great support for Derek. (Image: Derek Montgomery)

Derek started his fundraising journey due to losing both his brother and father to cancer, leading him to running the Glasgow Half Marathon for Cancer Research in 2010.

Since then, he has raised an incredible £56,000 for various charities, including raising £8,000 for good causes over the past 12 months.

"I handed over £1,809 to Ayrshire Hospice recently as part of stuff I've done in the past year," Derek said.

Cumnock Chronicle: Derek resting after a London Marathon.Derek resting after a London Marathon. (Image: Derek Montgomery)

"I did it from August to August because it used to coincide with the football season, so I got a lot of help from the likes of Rangers and Celtic, as well as Kilmarnock and Queen of the South with raffle stuff and bits like that.

"I started fundraising for Cancer Research UK and raised about £600 for them, but it was always the goal to do the London Marathon.

"I ran nine London Marathons for Children with Cancer UK, then did a tenth for MacMillan Cancer Support."

Derek's efforts haven't stopped, despite having other things to focus on now.

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Attention has already turned to how he can help out further in the future.

He added: "I became a grandad and I'm a long distance lorry driver, so it's a bit difficult to fit in training and gym work.

"I've already been in contact with Ayrshire Hospice about fundraising for them in the next year, so once the dust settles on this year then it will be all systems go again.

"Folk start to get to know me for my fundraising and it's brilliant the support I get whenever I do something.

"I've tried to do as much as I can for some local charities as well, including for the Bolton family to try and get their wee girl to America for treatment.

"Who knows what the year will hold for fundraising."