The 'End Date' Ball
Pete was diagnosed with leukeamia when he was 18 years old and spent the next three years enduring chemotherapy and time away from his family at a Bristol treatment centre.
Pete said: "When you start treatment they give you a finish date, so I've known this date would be special for a while. My mum and I started planning the ball to celebrate the end of it at the beginning of this year."
The ball took place at the Duke of Cornwall on 28 August and was attended by over 120 guests with proceeds going to CLIC Sargent, the charity that supported Pete and his family through his three years of treatment.
Since his diagnosis, Pete has spent over 200 hours volunteering on behalf of CLIC Sargent, and has raised more than £12,000. He has also spoken in front of more than 50 people in the House of Lords – raising awareness about GPs noticing the signs of leukaemia in young people much earlier.
Pete may be finished with his own treatment, but he has no intention of ceasing his tireless efforts to raise funds and awareness.
Pete continued: "Fundraising has been keeping me going and keeping me happy for the last couple of years so I won't be stopping now."
The 'End Date' Ball featured a Brothers Grimm theme with a three-course meal for attendees, a raffle, disco, and entertainment from burlesque group, The Scarlet Sirens.
Pete was surprised with a montage of video messages from friends and supporters who had met him over the course of his three-years of treatment.
Pete said: "My mum put the video together, these included people who I had met through my treatment, family and friends who couldn't make the event, bestselling crime author Peter James and Formula 1 legend Eddie Jordan, who I met at a CLIC Sargent event last year.
"The evening was a massive success and I couldn't have been happier with how it went."
Supported by Santander
Pete’s event was supported by Santander who match funded Pete’s event. Dawn young, Plymouth branch direct, said: “Our branch is committed to playing a key part in our community and were delighted to support CLIC Sargent. We hope that the money raised together with the match funding will make a real difference to children and young people with cancer.”
The £5,000 that Pete has raised could fund a room for families for five months in one of CLIC Sargent’s Homes from Home, providing free self-catering accommodation near to specialist children’s cancer treatment centres, which are often many miles from a family’s own home.
Staying in a Home from Home ensures a family can be close to their child during treatment. If they are well enough, the child or young person can stay there too.