A FATHER from Bunbury is hosting an event in Winsford to find a matching donor for a rare type of blood cancer.

Peter McCleave, 39, was diagnosed in June 2017 with myeloma, a type of cancer that develops from cells in the bone marrow.

Having received two rounds of chemotherapy, which failed, the father-of two is now on his third round but has been told that his only chance at a longer, healthy life is a blood stem cell donation.

Peter, who holds a private pilot’s license and is also a qualified rugby coach, said: “My aim is to use myeloma as a catalyst for living a better, more fulfilling life and documenting the changes I am making in all aspects of my existing commitments.”

A match was not found in Peter’s immediate family and he is working to find an unrelated match, which includes an upcoming afternoon tea and swab event in Winsford.

An afternoon tea event will take place on Sunday, June 3, from 2pm at Meadowbank Social Club in School Road

Peter, who works with the Royal Bank of Scotland in Manchester, said: “Had I not gotten pneumonia back in September 2016, I would not have had the x-rays and CT scans that subsequently picked up the markers of this disease.

“Hopefully, with events like this, we can find my match as soon as possible. There will be someone out there, somewhere, but we need them to know that this quick and easy swab could save lives.”

The cost of testing each swab is £40 so, at the event, a minimum donation of £2.50 per person will be asked for, and all money raised will go the blood cancer charity DKMS.

To get involved with the event in Winsford, contact Suzanne Badder on Facebook. To learn about Peter’s time with the condition, go to his blog at petermccleave.co.uk/.