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A book which chronicles a young journalist’s brave battle against leukaemia is to be launched this weekend.

Richard Woolley recorded his hopes and fears in a diary prior to his death at the age of 26 in October 2009.

His father, Michael, later published his son’s work in a book entitled Leukaemia - My Marathon For Love.

The book launch will take place at Scarthin Books, Cromford, this Saturday, May 7, between 2pm and 5pm.

Proceeds from its sale will go to the Anthony Nolan Trust and Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

Richard, who lived in Hasland and was married, was a sub-editor on the Ripley and Heanor News and prior to that worked as a reporter on the Matlock Mercury - both of which are sister papers of the Derbyshire Times.

He was also an award-winning playwright whose work was aired at the Pomegranate, Chesterfield, in a fundraising event earlier this year.