Paralympic champion Richard Whitehead from Nottinghamshire has become the patron of a bone cancer charity after one of his closest friends died from the disease.
The 200-metres gold medallist has agreed to become the first patron of Sarcoma UK.
Richard says it was his friend's memory which inspired him to victory at London 2012.
It's been a whirlwind few months for Richard Whitehead since the Paralympic games. He's become an MBE and there's been a succession of public appearances. Opening a new games pitch at a primary school near Nottingham. Now he is to become the patron of a national cancer charity.
Richard from Lowdham in Nottinghamshire was keen to help after the death seven years ago of his close friend Simon Mellows. Simon - a talented cricketer from Woodborough - had a rare type of bone cancer called sarcoma.
He had a leg amputated but carried on playing sport. It was Simon who encouraged Richard to take up running and continued to inspire him - all the way to the finishing line at London 2012.
Simon Mellows' parents are delighted by Richard's involvement and say it would have meant a lot to their son.
Richard Whitehead's now planning a major fund-raising challenge for Sarcoma UK. This summer, he will attempt to run from Land's End to John O' Groats.
Click here to find out more about the charity Sarcoma UK.