Peter starts out on road to raising £1m for cancer charity
CLASSIC car owner Peter Butler, of Wells, is on an ambitious fundraising drive.
Having overcome bowel cancer, he now wants to help raise £1 million for Macmillan Cancer Support.
He was promoting the cause at the 25th anniversary Mendip Vintage and Classic Tour that attracted thousands of people to Wells Cathedral Green on May 12.
Macmillan Cancer Support was once again the event’s nominated charity, and it is a cause close to Peter’s heart.
“Believe you me, I am going to raise £1 million, along with Macmillan and CLIC and the Beacon Centre,” he said.
“I’m enthusiastic about it and it’s all about using that enthusiasm. We can make a big difference.
“But as much as money, raising awareness of cancer is as important.
“Get yourself checked, don’t smoke. It’s so frightening when you lose friends to cancer. You can do something about it.”
More than 150 cars parked up in front of the Cathedral for the crowds to admire at the end of the tour, on a beautifully sunny afternoon.
Making their debut among them were Peter’s restored classic car and vintage caravan known as Milly and Tilly – a 1958 Hillman Minx Convertible (Milly) and 1959 Vintage Caravan (Tilly).
“When I was lying in my hospital bed and they were restoring me, I thought perhaps I should restore something for them in return,” he said.
He hopes that his restoration project will inspire other people to take up their own challenges as a way of raising funds for Macmillan.
There is a website, www.millyandtilly.co.uk, for people to share their stories or make donations.
“It’s easy to get involved – a few pence from your pocket, a few minutes of your time,” said Peter.
“If one million people gave one pound each then we would reach the target.”
Mark Tobin, chairman of the Wells and District Macmillan Cancer Support fundraising committee, said: “Peter is simply inspirational, to hear his story and his true grit and determination of carrying on regardless is a breath of fresh air.
“I am confident that the funds raised through Peter’s endeavours and his true spirit of positivity is going to help so many people now and in the future.
“Our sincerest and most heartfelt thanks go out to Peter and we are here to offer as much help and support as we possibly can.”