A memorial service for Croydon North MP Malcolm Wicks is to be held next week, as hundreds of pounds is raised in his memory.

The 65-year-old Labour MP died after losing his battle with cancer on September 29.

A married father-of-three and grandfather-of-seven, Mr Wicks had represented Croydon since 1992 and had lived in the borough for 30 years.

The public service will take place at Croydon Minster at 11am on Friday, October 19.

A fundraising page has been set up in Mr Wick's memory, to raise money for Carers UK, of which he was vice president.

Mr Wicks campaigned for carers rights and one of his major political achievements was presenting a private member's bill to Parliament, which became the Carers (Recognition and Services) Act 1995.

A message on the page reads: "Prior to his death Malcolm expressed a wish that anyone choosing to make a charitable donation in his memory to consider Carers UK."

All donations will go to supporting the charity's work with carers, so far £1,705 has been raised.

A tribute to Mr Wicks on the Carers UK website said: "Malcolm was witty, compassionate, a very clear thinker and eloquent on issues that really mattered.

"We are incredibly proud to have worked with him and will miss him greatly.

"We have lost a great friend of carers and of Carers UK."

To donate visit justgiving.com/malcolmwicks