A CHARITY started by a Bromsgrove cancer survivor has been granted official charitable status.

Jonjo Rooney was diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukaemia in 2006 and had to have numerous courses of chemotherapy as well as a life saving bone marrow transplant.

But he battled and overcame acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, and went on to become a dedicated fundraiser by taking part in various events, including running the BUPA Great North Run and the London Marathon.

In 2013, the 30-year-old established Bpositive, a support network connecting patients, families and friends affected by acute leukaemia.

The charity's aim is to provide support, information and access as well as promote the cause and the cases of patients with acute leukaemia.

The charity has now been granted charitable status, enabling it to further enhance support for patients and families affected, as well as give its supporters the opportunity to fundraise for it.

Mr Rooney said: “It really is such a huge step forwards for Bpositive to be officially registered.

"This is the milestone we have been aiming for since we launched last year. We have always had tremendous support from the people of Bromsgrove and would like to thank everyone for helping us get to this stage.

"Our aim now is to further develop our work and subsequently reach out to as many people affected by acute leukaemia as we possibly can."

For more information, including details about Bpositive events being held nationally and how to donate, visit Bpositive.org.uk.

Alternatively visit Facebook page Bpositive.org.