A Hoyland man who was one of the area's longest-surviving heart transplant patients - and raised thousands for Children in Need - has died.

Father and grandfather Roy Abson died in Mount Vernon Hospital in Barnsley on Sunday after a long and hard-fought battle against cancer. He was 78.

He had his transplant operation almost 19 years ago and then took up line-dancing - using it as a vehicle to raise money for Children in Need.

His sister-in-law Angela Pogson said Roy had been very well known and liked in Hoyland. She said: "The heart transplant, which Roy had at Northern General Hospital in Sheffield, saved his life. He was one of the Sheffield area's longest-surviving heart transplant patients."

Roy, of Watson Street, Hoyland, leaves his widow Barbara, son Mark, daughter Natalie and grandchildren Naomi and Donatia.

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The funeral service is to be held at Grenoside Crematorium in Sheffield at 3.15pm on Tuesday. The service will be followed by a reception at Hoyland Common working men's club and all who want to pay their respects are welcome.