Leeds cancer patient calls for Yorkshire Cancer Centre support ahead of Spitfire dream

Peter Knowles with Linda Pollard, chair of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.
Peter Knowles with Linda Pollard, chair of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.
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A Leeds man with terminal bowel cancer is set to fulfil his dream of a Spitfire flight today as he calls for support for the Yorkshire Cancer Centre.

Peter Knowles, 63, has funded his ambition of a Spitfire flight over the white cliffs of Dover and also hopes to raise £100,000 for the Leeds St James’s Hospital centre at the same time.

Mr Knowles, who has been a patient at the Yorkshire Cancer Centre since March 2014, is a former stockbroker who served as a Leeds Teaching Hospitals Charitable Foundation trustee.

Ahead of his 50minute flight from Goodwood Aerodrome, he said: “I’ve always wanted to fly over the white cliffs of Dover and this is my chance while I’m still well enough.”

There are just five airworthy Spitfires in the world, three of which are in the UK.

Visit www.justgiving.com/PFKspitfire to donate.

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