THE couple behind a popular mead firm is pledging to donate to a testicular cancer charity after the loss of a close friend.

Award-winning Horwich firm The Lancashire Mead Company will donate £5 from each bottle sold of its Jarl’s Mead to Check Em Lads, which promotes cancer awareness.

It follows the tragic death of Gordon Hannington, a friend of husband and wife team, Gordon Baron and Ann Farrell, who died aged 33 in 2019 after a battle with testicular cancer.

Mr Hannington, a qualified rock climbing instructor and archery coach, had been the best man at the couple’s wedding.

Mr Baron said: “The devastation caused by Gordon’s loss is huge, and in his honour we felt the need to highlight the importance of men checking for testicular cancer.

“It’s a cruel and quiet disease and it stole one of our best friends. His energy will always be remembered and we’re looking forward to celebrating his life at the Jorvik Viking Festival this month.”

Mr Hannington was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2017 but an inquest held after his death found his pre-up testosterone treatment was mismanaged, contributing to a spiral into depression and ultimately suicide.

As well as being an active member of various outdoor activity and battle re-enactment groups, he was also a prominent extra in period TV shows and films such as ‘Mary Queen of Scots’.

The Lancashire Mead Company is among a small group of firms in the UK making mead - a honey-based alcoholic substance inspired by historical drinks.

Jarl’s Mead is a chilli infused drink and is a new product for the company, which has recently won awards for its work.

Check Em Lads encourages men to learn more about testicular cancer and supports people going through treatment.