New Year honour for local hero

Peter Hosking receiving a cheque from the Rotary Club in 2016

Peter Hosking receiving a cheque from the Rotary Club in 2016 - Credit: TPSA

Peter Hosking has been named a Medallist of the Order of the British Empire in the New Year’s Honours List. 
This superb recognition comes from Peter’s work in supporting people with prostate cancer through the Torbay Prostate Support Association. 
“I am a founder member of the association, which started in 1999, when I was first diagnosed with prostate cancer,” said Peter. 
“It is a terrible illness and the side issues from prostate cancer can have a huge impact on people’s lives.  
“The TPSA is here to provide people with support and we are Macmillan trained counsellors. The Hospital will often point sufferers in our direction and we provide support by talking to people. 
“We have been down the same road and people living with prostate cancer often just want to talk.  
“People can find us by talking to the Hospital and we have our own website, www.tpsa.org.uk, which provides plenty of information.” 
At the age of 89 and married to his wife Josephine for 66 years, Peter is still working hard for the TPSA and also represented England in junior rugby over 70 years ago. 
His working life took him all over the country before settling in Paignton and he can now look forward to a presentation ceremony, hopefully in the spring.  
“I will be 90 in September and I was born in South Brent, moving to Bristol as a youngster,” said Peter. “I finally ended up as manager of the NatWest in Brixham. 
“The process now will see the honour awarded locally through the Lord Lieutenant’s Office in Exeter, when it is appropriate. It won’t be until the spring at the earliest. 
“We are then invited to the traditional garden party at Buckingham Palace. 
“It will be my wife and I. We have been married for almost 66 years and it will be a fantastic day for us at the Palace.” 
The Torbay Prostate Support Association is dedicated to serving men of all ages, and their families, through a programme of support before, during and after diagnosis. 
The TPSA has three main aims: to raise awareness of prostate cancer, provide support for patients and families, and raise funds for a specialist treatment centre in Torbay.