South Yorkshire cancer sufferer takes to the sea

Peter Wilkinson at sea with the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust.
Peter Wilkinson at sea with the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust.
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NOTHING gets Peter Wilkinson down - not even cancer.

The 26 year-old cancer patient embarked on an ambitious sailing trip with a cancer trust in order to inspire other sufferers to enjoy themselves.

Peter, from Barnsley, sailed on behalf of the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, a charity that supports young cancer patients.

The trust aims to inspire young people’s cancer recovery through sailing.

Peter took part in one of the organisation’s three-day yachting adventures as one of 20 young people from across the UK who are all in recovery from cancer and leukaemia.

They sailed five yachts around the Solent, off the Isle of Wight.

Peter said: “The trip was brilliant. I thought I wouldn’t be able to do much, but I had really good support from the whole team and it was fantastic.

“This was the first time I’ve ever been sailing and I would go again, I learned quite a bit and the highlight of my trip was sailing the boat myself.

“It was really good, especially as I’m not allowed to drive anymore due to my vision, so being able to drive a boat was amazing.”

Peter was diagnosed with pineal blastoma in May 2007 and was treated at Sheffield’s Weston Park Hospital.

He works as the editor of Jimmy Teens TV, a website for cancer patients funded by the Teenage Cancer Trust,

Peter said: “I’ve been filming for my job, it’s a website where you can look at videos of past patients different experiences with cancer and this will all be on there!

“I was sceptical before as to how much the trip would help, but you know it really has, even though you have lost your ability to do certain things it shows you that you can do more.”