Peter Jones, from Portishead, is taking part in this year’s Stomp for Penny Brohn UK, in memory of his wife Debbie who died from bowel cancer in 2013.
“Penny Brohn UK supported Debbie during her illness. She gained a lot from the support she received from the charity and spending time with others who were going through the same thing.”
Peter will be walking the six-mile route to raise money to help Penny Brohn UK support more people living with cancer. He is a member of Bristol St Andrews Bowls Club, and has already raised over £250 in sponsorship from a three day tour of the Isle of Wight in June. The club are hoping to increase this amount even further by means of a Charity Spider at their annual Open Fours Tournament.
As well as taking part in Stomp, Peter has been promoting the event using his 1991 Mini Cooper, known as his ‘Charity Car’. The Mini will be taking pride of place at Penny Brohn UK’s National Centre for Stompers to admire when they cross the finish line. Peter and his Mini are no strangers to fundraising; having driven from Bristol to Turin in 2011 to raise awareness of bowel cancer in an event organised by himself and Debbie.
Peter said: “Penny Brohn UK supported Debbie during her illness. She gained a lot from the support she received from the charity and spending time with others who were going through the same thing. This October is the fifth anniversary of her passing so taking part in Stomp seemed a good way to mark it and raise money for such a good cause. The Mini means a lot to me as it gave us a different focus during Debbie’s illness and helped us deal with the situation.”
Penny Brohn UK’s community fundraiser, Ian Riddell, said: “We are delighted to have Peter supporting Stomp. His Mini is certainly eye-catching and a lovey tribute to Debbie who was supported by Penny Brohn UK. Stomp is set to be a great day out for the whole family and everyone is welcome. There is still time to sign up and raise money to help us support more people living with cancer to live as well as possible for as long as possible.”