Peter Dunnington-Waters was 11 years old when he was diagnosed with Severe Aplastic Anaemia. This is a very rare blood disorder and the main form of treatment is a Bone Marrow Transplant.
Peter had weekly blood and platelet transfusions at the RVI in Newcastle. Peter was fortunate through Anthony Nolan Trust to get a donor The donor was a female from America, to whom the family are extremely grateful, and hope to meet one day.
Peter had to take a year out of school, which would have been his final year at Sugar Hill but the school kept in touch all the time.
Peter was well enough in September 2013 to start at Greenfield College and the staff and teachers have been fantastic, especially Mrs Belinda Atkinson-Jones, who helped Peter settle.
“We have been overwhelmed with support from family and friends and are now able to send a cheque for £600 to Anthony Nolan Trust from the kind members of Aycliffe Lodge, which is wonderful. We have sent donations to Anthony Nolan previously and also helped with recruitment drives to get 16 to 30 year olds on the register”
“If any one is interested in being on the register please contact www.anthonynolan.org for a spit kit. If any one would like to make a donation to this worthwhile group they can reach me at 31 St Oswalds Court, Newton Aycliffe. Tel: 314718.” said parents Phil and Helen.
Back: Aycliffe Lodge members Robbie Davison, Robert Jones, Terry Green, Graham Parker.
Seated: Mrs Helen Dunnington Waters with her son Peter, and Ken Paylor (Worshipful Master of Aycliffe Lodge)