A Carlisle telecommunications firm will raise money in memory of a colleague.

Dave Holmes, an integral member of the Online Systems team, died in October after he was diagnosed with a brain tumour a year earlier.

His workmates have chosen The Brain Tumour Charity as the firm’s charity of the year in his honour.

Dave worked with Online Systems for 15 years.

Greg Morton, managing director of Online Systems, said: “Dave was very well loved by everyone and it was a massive shock to find out one of our good friends had a brain tumour.

“Dave fought bravely and with dignity and always kept his great sense of humour.

“On his 38th birthday Dave asked all his friends to donate a few pounds to The Brain Tumour Charity - so in that spirit, we’ve chosen our charity of the year for 2019 to honour Dave’s memory.”

Kerry Roe-Ely, The Brain Tumour Charity’s community fundraiser for North West and Northern Ireland said: “I had the pleasure to get to know Dave a bit and was deeply moved by his humour, courage, and resilience, which were an inspiration to others affected by brain tumours.”

The Brain Tumour Charity is the UK’s largest dedicated brain tumour charity.

It funds research to increase survival and improve treatment options as well as raising awareness of the symptoms and effects of brain tumours to bring about earlier diagnosis.

The charity also provides support for everyone affected so that they can live as full a life as possible, with the best quality of life.

Online Systems’ 2018 charity of the year was Jigsaw children’s hospice and raised over £5,400.