A magnificent £1,724 has been donated to the Julie Mills Fund, part of the Widnes & Runcorn Cancer Support Group, on behalf of Jim Mills from sales of his biography, Big Jim. The donation was made at half-time of the Widnes versus London Broncos match on 16 February 2014.

All Jim’s share of the profits from the book have been given to the fund, and the Widnes Vikings Rugby League club also very generously agreed that their share of sales in the club shop would also be donated to the fund.

London League Publications Ltd chairman Peter Lush said: “Big Jim has been a huge success, and we are delighted that such a large amount has been raised for the charity. The book is still selling, so we hope to make more donations to support their work in the future.”

Jim Mills commented: “I am very pleased that we have raised so much money for a good cause that do a lot of good work in the community. The Widnes & Runcorn Cancer Support Group is a cause that is close to my heart and I am always happy to support them.”

On behalf of the charity, Karen Peters commented: “For Widnes and Runcorn Cancer Support Group, ‘Big Jim’ is an apt and accurate description not just of the talent and stature of Jim Mills but of his heart and generosity.

Jim’s gift to the Julie Mills Fund helps us to continue to offer support to people in our community whose lives like his own are touched by cancer.

We would also like to extend our warmest thanks to the Widnes Vikings Rugby League club.”

The Julie Mills Fund is named after Jim’s daughter, who died of breast cancer at the age of 30 in February 1999.

All Jim’s fees from public speaking and his share of the profits from Big Jim are donated to the fund.

The Widnes & Runcorn Cancer Support Group is based at 21-23 Alforde Street, Widnes, Cheshire WA8 7TR Big Jim is available from London League Publications Ltd at www.llpshop.co.uk and can also be ordered from any bookshop, or at www.amazon.co.uk The E-Book version for Kindle readers is also available on Amazon.