Brave Peter raises £3,000 for hospital

Peter Charman with mum Jennie and dad Steve.
Peter Charman with mum Jennie and dad Steve.

BRAVE schoolboy Peter Charman has put his own illness to one side to raise money for others in a similar situation.

Ten-year-old Peter is undergoing treatment for a brain tumour – yet this month has raised more than £3,000 for the hospital which is treating him.

Peter, who has been a patient at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital since 2007, took to the swimming pool at Lancaster University to swim 40 lengths – the equivalent of 1km. Peter took his final stroke to complete the distance in just over half an hour – and still had energy to play in the pool afterwards.

In 2007, Moorside Primary School pupil Peter underwent intensive surgery to remove the tumour, but at a routine check-up last autumn doctors discovered it had re-grown. The family, who live in Cork Road, Bowerham, recently discovered that Peter will need to have further surgery over the next few months.

But despite his own condition, keen swimmer Peter was determined to make a difference to other patients being treated at the hospital by undertaking his sponsored swim.

When he found out he needed more treatment, Peter decided to bring forward his plans for the swim.

See the Lancaster Guardian (16-06-11) for full story.