Peter sets sights on river deep, mountain high

Peter Branker is on a mission for Friends of the Cancer Centre.
Peter Branker is on a mission for Friends of the Cancer Centre.

Dromore man Peter Branker is to embark on an epic round of fundraising taking him as far afield as the Alps and the waters of the Zambezi.

Among other things, Peter is having to learn to swim again, not having done so since his leg was amputated in 1989.

The loss of his leg, and an eye, to a disease that also claimed the lives of family members, is driving Peter’s efforts to raise £2,500-plus for Friends of the Cancer Centre, he having seen at first hand the work they do.

Peter has set up a justgiving page - - and his plans include a 70s/80s charity disco, ‘Take on The Tower’ - a 190ft abseil down the Belfast City Hospital tower - Spinning in the Square (May 21, 10am-4pm), a free event, open to all, during which Peter will be taking up a street collection and the annual Wilson ‘Minto’ Miniss Memorial Five-a-Side at Dromore Rugby Club on June 25. (Teams can register by emailing and requesting a registration form - maximum eight per team - £5 per person).

Meanwhile, Peter is looking overseas for his “main event”. “I am undertaking the Zambezi Challenge from September 10-17 next year,” he said. “It will involve me whitewater rafting down the Zambezi for four solid days, six hours per day.

“I am now undertaking training, including rowing, to get me fit enough and I am learning to swim as I haven’t swam since 1989, after my amputation. I’m also hoping to go to Germany next year to paraglide over the Alps.”