A West Sussex man who has overcome cancer twice took part in a 30-mile walk for charity.

At 51, decorator Colin Curtis was diagnosed with cancer of the throat.

He beat the disease using radiotherapy and chemotherapy but a year later it returned and this time he had his voice box removed.

Mr Curtis, 54, from Harwood Road in Littlehampton, said: "I refused to give up work and never once gave up. I had too much to live for."

He has had support from his wife Kim and daughters, Samantha, 22, and Emma, 19.

He and his wife went to Ibiza to celebrate beating the cancer of the larynx - but while he was there he was dealt another blow.

He began coughing up blood and was told he had lung cancer on his return to England.

Mr Curtis had half of his left lung removed and is now in remission, but says the experience has made him stronger.

He said: "I had to retire after I had the lung removed but I am still fitter than most men my age.

"I want people to know that if they have just been diagnosed with cancer it is not the end of the world."

Since retiring, he has scaled mountains in Hong Kong. His latest feat was joining more than a hundred sponsored walkers on a 30-mile trek in aid of the RNLI.

He said: "Every day I have to live with the reality the cancer may come back. But I have a beautiful one-year-old granddaughter, Chloe, and that is worth fighting for."

Mr Curtis helped raise thousands of pounds by taking part in the walk from Littlehampton coastguard station along the seafront to Worthing and back.