While many of us often donate a little bit of our cash to deserving causes, we're rarely asked to give something that so many of us value even more: our time.

But one man's generous colleagues understood that this was exactly what he needed, donating more than 3,000 hours of overtime so that he can care for his young son as he battled with leukaemia.

Young Julius was diagnosed with leukaemia at the age of three, and was bed-ridden in hospital for the first nine weeks of his treatment.Credit: CEN

But even greater tragedy struck when his mother died of heart disease, just before he was about to return to his family home in the central German town of Fronhausen, which is in the state of Hesse.

His dad, 36-year-old Andreas Graf, then had to take all of his annual leave at work to suddenly care for his son alone - and soon became worried that he would eventually lose his job as an assembly worker with a design company.

However, HR manager Pia Meier noticed his struggle and decided to step in to help, sending out an appeal to Graf's fellow employees to donate their overtime.HR manager Pia Meier. Credit: CEN

Amazingly, all of the company's 650 workers were immediately up for it - including those who had never even met him - and together they rallied to raise a grand total of 3,264.5 hours, which Graf's company let him take as paid leave.

"Without this tremendous help, I would've been out of a job by now," Graf said.

Meier also said that she was overwhelmed by the impressive response, saying: "There isn't a single person who hasn't donated."

As a result of his colleagues' incredible hustle, Graf was able to take longer than a year off to look after, and spend time with, his son. Graf has said that he will be eternally grateful to both his co-workers and the company.

His son, Julius, turned five at the end of February and is feeling well enough to be taken home after chemotherapy. He also hopes to return to nursey school soon.

Many of us do the right thing by donating a fiver to charity when a mate runs a marathon or manages to grow a moustache over the course of November, but this is a whole new level of generosity. Amazing work, LADs.

Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist at LADbible. Jess graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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