Long list of honours for Torbay charity champion
- Credit: TPSA
When Peter Hosking was awarded the British Empire Medal in the New Year’s Honours List for supporting people with Prostate cancer, it was just the latest in a lifetime of achievement and dedication to others.
It was for his work as a founder member of the Torbay Prostate Support Association (TPSA) that Peter received the award but this is only part of his story.
Peter was born in 1931 and attended St. Brendan’s College in Bristol where he excelled in sports, he was a schools Rugby International player and played for the Senior Bristol XV.
He enjoyed various sports at a high level, including cricket, badminton, bowling and umpiring hockey. Peter spent a great deal of time helping with the scout movement and the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
His chosen career was in banking, working for a leading bank, NatWest, in Bristol, Richmond, Worcester, Cheltenham, Bristol again and Brixham, from where he retired in 1992.
He was Chairman of Torbay Lifeboat station for 16 years and Chairman of the Brixham Trawler Race.
Upon retirement, Peter carried on with his sporting passions and continued his voluntary work for many charities.
In 1999, he was diagnosed with Prostate cancer and he is still receiving treatments. He recognised the need for raising awareness of Prostate cancer, supporting men and their families during diagnosis, through treatment and afterwards.
This culminated in the setting up the Torbay Prostate Support Association. During the past 20 years he has (with a small number of Trustees) worked tirelessly in offering leadership of the organisation, which has, over that period, raised almost £500,000, providing valuable equipment to Exeter RD&E and Torbay hospitals.
They have held meetings with various guest speakers, including leading consultants, oncologists and dieticians. The TPSA have also produced regular bimonthly Newsletters.
Only last month, TPSA donated £65,000 to the Urology Department, which purchased a new BK3000 Ultras High Resolution Ultrasound System. The funds have been raised by a truly magnificent Community effort over two years with the excellent help of so many parts of Torbay and surrounding areas.
For more information on TPSA, please visit the website at www.tpsa.org.uk