Peter’s royal seal of approval

Peter Quinn (blue tie) meets Prince Edward
Peter Quinn (blue tie) meets Prince Edward

A LEIGH fund-raiser met Prince Edward at the Christie hospital in Manchester after being selected by the charity for his excellent work.

The Prince visited the Withington-based hospital to open a new £35m patient treatment centre.

Peter Quinn, 58, of Laburnum Avenue, Atherton, was diagnosed with lympch cancer of the bowel in 1998 and underwent treatment for two years.

He spent a lot of time at the Christie and had surgery as well as two lots of chemotherapy over two years. He went on to make a full recovery and such was his thanks for the staff at the hospital, he decided to make it his mission to raise as much money for them as possible.

Since then, Peter has gone on to raise more than £200,000 for the Christie as well as another £70,000 for various other charities including Guide Dogs for the blind.

All the money raised was done by utilising his talent of singing.

Along with friends, Peter visits various shopping centres to perform mini-concerts where he sings classics by Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra.

“I just wanted to give something back, if I had that 20 years earlier, I wouldn’t have survived,” said Peter. “It’s very expensive and the Christie spend a lot of money saving people’s lives.

“I’ve raised it all by street performances singing with friends and we’ve managed to give the Christie £200,000.”

Peter regaled the Prince with tales if his fund-raising and said afterwards: “It was a pleasure to meet the Prince, he was asking me about what we do.

“He was saying how wonderful it would be if Frank sinatra and Elvis Presley were around today. He was very nice and took time to speak to everybody.”

The Prince unveiled a plaque, commemorating his visit and stating he had opened the centre.