Fundraiser for Potters Bar man ‘going from strength to strength’

PUBLISHED: 12:36 28 April 2016 | UPDATED: 15:21 28 April 2016

Pete Douthwaite's fundraising team from left to right: Michael Brown, Dan Rawlinson, Adam Sewell, Rosie Lee, Danny Turner, Courtney Melville, Luke Regan, Alex Hedison, Rachel Yaffe, Jack Lawrence Jones, Jacob Lee, Aisha Yerimah, Kris North, Michael Donkin, Max Spelzini and Louise Parker

Pete Douthwaite's fundraising team from left to right: Michael Brown, Dan Rawlinson, Adam Sewell, Rosie Lee, Danny Turner, Courtney Melville, Luke Regan, Alex Hedison, Rachel Yaffe, Jack Lawrence Jones, Jacob Lee, Aisha Yerimah, Kris North, Michael Donkin, Max Spelzini and Louise Parker

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A fundraiser for Pete Douthwaite, 23, who has a rare form of cancer, has attracted huge amounts of support.

Fundraiser Kris North with Pete DouthwaiteFundraiser Kris North with Pete Douthwaite

Pete, of Aberdale Gardens, Potters Bar, has a cervical chordoma, which is a tumour which has wrapped around his spine.

Family and friends set up the #ForPetersSake hashtag to raise money and awareness, and are trying to get it registered as an official charity.

They are also holding a karaoke event this Sunday at The Black Horse pub in South Mimms, and are looking for a sponsor for a music festival they are holding on Saturday, May 21.

A JustGiving page, set up by Pete’s friend Kris North, has so far raised £23,805 towards its £50,000 target, which will go towards specialist treatment in America.

Pete is currently in surgical intensive care following a complication with recent surgery. His right lung collapsed and he was unable to breathe.

He was given a tracheotomy and had fluid drained from both of his lungs. This morning his vital statistics have improved.

Pete’s sister Angela Douthwaite said: “There is a real feeling of community support and everyone coming together which is quite comforting for the family.

“The truly sad part is trying to deal with the fact Pete is so ill and the practicalities of still having to pay rent, bills with loss of earnings from time off work, extra costs of getting into London each day, living costs during the time spent in Switzerland during Pete’s proton therapy and the health implications on my parents, sister and I who are all both mentally and physically exhausted.

“Something I would like to be a part of Pete’s legacy is making sure not only the patient but the family have access to help.”

To donate to Pete go to https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/ForpetersSake?utm_id=2


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