Family and friends raise funds for young man with cancer

PUBLISHED: 10:38 22 April 2016 | UPDATED: 10:48 22 April 2016

Pete Douthwaite

Pete Douthwaite


The family and friends of a young Potters Bar man with a rare form of cancer are trying to raise money for specialist treatment in America.

Pete Douthwaite, 23, of Aberdale Gardens, Potters Bar, was diagnosed with a rare cervical chordoma in early 2015, which is a tumour that wraps around the spinal chord.

His family want to raise money to send a sample of Pete’s tumour to America, where it can be tested to see what drugs react with it.

According to Pete’s sister Angela Douthwaite, sending the sample for testing will cost around £6,000 or £7,000, and it is not funded by the NHS. After the sample is removed, there is a 32-hour window to get it to America, and they should hear the results back in two or three days.

Pete’s friends set up a Facebook page for him on Wednesday, April 20 called ‘Raising money for Pete Douthwaite’, which within a day reached more than 9,000 members.

Pete, a former pupil at Chancellor’s School in Brookmans Park, has been shown a huge amount of support from his friends on Facebook. They have put posters up in local shops and are posting online using the hashtag #ForPetersSake

His sister Angela said: “It’s amazing how much interest it’s had literally overnight. It just goes to show how many people are interested in cancer and everything that comes with cancer.”

A crowdfunding page has been set up, and after meeting their £10,000 target within a day they raised their target to £50,000.

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