John’s misfortune turns to cash for cancer charity

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A YOUNG Peterhead lad has turned misfortune into cash after suffering a horrendous accident earlier this year.

John O’Brien (10), of the town’s Catto Drive, was run down outside his home in August and suffered a severe leg injury.

His left leg suffered a triple break and the active youngster was forced to wear a full leg plaster until two weeks ago when it was finally removed.

But rather than feel sorry for himself, John decided to make the best of his ailment and get family, friends - and complete strangers on the street - to sign his cast in aid of Cancer Research.

John’s auntie, Kathleen Chalmers, who is a committee member for the annual Relay for Life event in Peterhead, was delighted when John chose the charity as the beneficiary for the fundraiser.

She told the Buchanie: “John is a member of the Relay for Life team and has taken part in the event for the past three years.

“He spent four days in ARI following the accident but as soon as he was back on his feet he decided to fundraise by getting friends and family, and strangers too, to sign his cast.

John managed to raise a fantastic £100 from his efforts and has since swapped his full plaster for a half-leg one.

He has expressed thanks to all who contributed to the charity but added he hoped not to repeat the fundraiser!