Dromore is proud of Peter

DROMORE’S very own Peter Branker is YOUR Person to be proud of.

Well known local charity worker and community volunteer Peter has been named the Dromore and Banbridge Leader/Firmus Energy Person to be proud of 2012/13 after winning the backing of Leader readers in a public vote.

Leader editor Clint Aiken recently presented Peter with his award at the Market Square premises of Via Wings, just one of some 17 charities with which Peter is involved.

“I am very, very proud to be selected for this award,” said Peter, who recently received national recognition by way of a British Empire Medal conferred in the New Year Honours List. “I would thank everybody who voted for me; I’m really pleased.”

A qualified accountant, Peter gave up his 20-year job with a Belfast firm after being mugged in the city, an incident which for some reason made him realise he wasn’t enjoying his work.

Now dedicated largely to a wide range of community and charity groups, Peter is adamant a return to his old number-crunching day-job is not on the cards.

“No, definitely not,” he told The Leader. “Not unless it was an accountancy job with a charity.”

The Dromore man’s current commitments include Dromore Youth Club, Via Wings, Dromore In Action, Ballymacormick Rural Developement Association, Cancer Research Relay for Life, the Alzheimer’s Society and Macmillan Cancer Care.

Having himself battled three different kinds of cancer on three separate occasions, undergoing some 16 operations, Peter also recently undertook to speak to amputees at Musgrave Park Hospital and embarked on two counselling courses.

In receiving the BEM, Peter was one of 250 recipients UK-wide of an honour - reintroduced last year to coincide with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee - awarded for meritorious civil or military service worthy of recognition by the Crown, in Peter’s case his prolific charity and voluntary work. MORE ON PAGE 6.