THE launch of a new gin by a distillery founded by a Blackburn man has raised £24,000 for a cervical cancer charity to celebrate his wife’s recovery from the disease.

Mark Long’s wife Liz was diagnosed with potentially fatal condition aged 29 in January when their daughter Olive was just eight months old.

After she recovered well from major life-changing surgeries they decided to put something back tackling the disease.

The Brindle Distillery last month launched the latest addition to its award-winning Cuckoo Gin range - Cuckoo Solace - with a charity night to raise money for Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust.

Mr and Mrs Long said: "We would like to thank everyone who has helped for their support, generosity and spirit."

Cuckoo Solace Gin is available to purchase at the distillery, on its website and will soon be distributed nationwide.