A teenager and his friends are celebrating after raising a phenomenal amount of money for charity.

Theo Sadeghi, 17, from Weymouth and his friends have been raising money for both Weldmar Hospicecare and the Fortuneswell Unit at Dorset County Hospital.

Theo’s mum Diane, who works at Hair Moda, has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, and has praised the care she has received from both charities.

Through their fundraising campaign Doing it for Diane, the group has managed to raise a total of £2,725

The group, along with Diane, presented a cheque for £1,324.50 to Weldmar outside the hospice’s shop on St Thomas Street., Weymouth.

It comes after they took part in a charity head shave at Barber Jacks in Weymouth and a coastal walk from West Bay to Portland.

Theo and his friends have been blown away by the total amount of money they have managed to raise.

He said: “I want to say a special thank you to all who took part in the fundraising for not only Weldmar Hospice but the Fortuneswell Cancer Unit at Dorchester County Hospital. A grand total of nearly £2,725 was raised.”

Theo described his mum as “a woman who stands for everything great and perfect in someone”.

He added: “She is the person who puts a smile on anyone’s face, from just the thought of her, I’m proud to call her my mum.”

Diane said: “I’m so pleased, they’re such a good group of lads. We are so proud of them, young people get a bad rap, but they are just lovely.”

She joked: “They were so disorganised; you would ask them what they’re doing and they’d say I don’t know.

“I thought it was all going to go Pete Tong, but in the end they were good.

“For nine years when I was supported by Fortuneswell and with Weldmar, they have both been fantastic. We are very lucky where we live with the facilities we have.”

Diane added: “Although the fundraiser is called Doing it for Diane, it’s not just for me, it’s for all the people who are going through cancer, we’re all being touched by it one way or another.”

Matt Smith, director of fundraising and marketing at Weldmar Hospicecare, said: “Everyone at Weldmar Hospicecare is extremely grateful to Theo and his friends who continue to raise much-needed funds and awareness of Weldmar Hospicecare. We support patients who are facing one of life’s most difficult journeys and their support will help us fund the continuation of this care for people who need us today, tomorrow and in the future. Well done to all of them and thank you so much for your hard work and determination.”