A man who fundraised tirelessly for good causes despite being increasingly incapacitated by Multiple Sclerosis for almost 40 years has died shortly before his 67th birthday.

Chris Buckley, of Tudor Way, Dedworth, went to school in Windsor and latere served in the army with the Royal Signals in Germany.

He worked as a BT phone engineer, before joining Crown Cork Ltd as a security guard.

The symptoms of his illness began to show after he married his first wife Liz. The couple had two children Tracey and Aaron.

Mr Buckley's son Aaron said his father became increasingly disabled over the years - having to use a walking stick and a frame before becoming wheelchair bound.

But he never gave up collecting for good causes, starting with the local MS Society group in Maidenhead and carrying on to support the WAMDSAD - now SportsAble - organisation at Braywick which provides sporting activities for disabled people.

He also fundraised for People to Places which provides vital transport for disabled people.

His son has fond memories of accompanying him as he collected.

He said: "I think because of his age and humour he would get everybody laughing and chatting, then help them with any fundraising they needed. I remember he would get us involved with shaking money cans in Maidenhead town centre, or creating a stall for a Christmas fete."

Mr Buckley married his second wife Sandra in 2008. He died on Thursday, May 24, also leaving his children Aaron and Tracey, grandson Gabriel and his step-children and step-grandchildren.

The funeral takes place at Slough Crematorium on Tuesday, June 19 at 2.30pm.