20th Aug, 2019

Fans of Solihull busker rally for bucket list after terminal cancer diagnosis weeks after wedding day

Sarah Mason 30th Jul, 2019 Updated: 30th Jul, 2019

FANS OF a Solihull busker who was given a terminal cancer diagnosis just weeks after his wedding day have raised more than £14,500 so he complete his bucket list.

Determined to make precious memories, Pete Felton and his wife Hollie put together a 31-long ‘Not Dead Yet Bucket List’ of things they wanted to do before Pete passes away.

The couple, who married in May, set up a JustGiving site to help fund the activities on the bucket list as well as helping will treatment bills and possible charitable donations in Pete’s name.

Activities include go indoor rock climbing, visit and tour New Zealand and Australia, plant a tree with Hollie and record his original songs.

From the list the couple have completed watching the sunrise at Stonehenge on summer solstice (June 21).

After setting up the page they were delighted when it reached £10,000 in just 48 hours.

They are hoping to raise £25,000.

Hollie wrote on the page: “So overwhelmed by the generosity and messages of support, thank you all so much.

“It’s such a difficult time for Pete and his family and friends, but I know the support is making it a little easier for us all.”

Pete was diagnosed with Synovial Sarcoma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer, after a tumour in his foot left it painful for him to walk.

The 26-year-old had his left leg was amputated below the knee a few weeks later.

Unable to return to his job in rigging Pete turned to his passion of music and began writing, singing and performing his songs on the streets of Birmingham and Stratford.

He even raised funds for Sarcoma UK, Teenage Cancer Trust and Changes UK when he released his song Hollow.

In 2018 doctors told Pete his cancer had returned and two tumours were growing in his left lung and part of it was removed.

When Pete and Hollie returned from their honeymoon earlier this summer he was handed the devastating news the cancer had returned and was terminal.

This time scans revealed tumours were in both lungs, in the lung lining and signs of cancer throughout his abdomen including the lymph nodes under collarbone, armpit, around diaphragm, lungs and heart and they were inoperable.

He is currently undergoing chemotherapy in a bid to slow down and stop the spread of the disease.

Hollie said: “Life is not fair for anyone, we all understand that, but after all that Pete has already endured, and conquered, I cannot help but feel what is happening to him is like someone stamping on a butterfly.

“He is a beautiful spirit, a kind heart, with a soul of stardust.

“We won’t be able to cure his cancer, but we can help him live the life he has left.”

For more or to donate visit https://justgiving.com/crowdfunding/petefeltonsnotdeadyetbucketlist

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