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The Legacy of Peter James Gore

Fundraising news // 15th July 2022

We were really grateful to discover earlier this year that Peter Gore had left Myeloma UK a gift of £500 in his Will. Peter was an active member of the myeloma community, attending our Infodays, taking part in our patient panel and attending his local Support Group in Derby. He was a faithful supporter, buying Myeloma UK Christmas cards every year to help spread awareness. We spoke to his niece Ann-Marie Boyle to find out a bit about his life:

“Peter began his 25-year career with the BBC in 1973, joining BBC Radio Solent. He presented the Breakfast Show, Afternoon Show, Weekend phone-ins and Deep South Country. He was part of the small team that set up BBC Radio Jersey. On 15 March 1982, his was the first voice to be heard on the new station.”

In the early 1980s Peter moved to BBC Radio Derby, presenting ‘Up and About’. On one occasion, he presented the whole show from a hot air balloon. During this period, a colleague wrote of him:

“Peter sits in the studio serene, chatting to you and generally keeping his head when all about him are losing theirs.” (John Brooks, BBC Radio Derby 269 Magazine, 1984).

Until his retirement in 1999, Peter continued at BBC Radio Derby, presenting, producing, programming, reporting and as a senior journalist.

He was born in London on 22 August 1945, growing up in Bristol and Southampton. Teaching himself to play keyboards and guitar, he began gigging in pubs and clubs around Southampton.

In 1963, Peter joined the army and was posted to Bielefeld, West Germany where he served in 14 Squadron, Royal Corps of Transport. He continued to play in local venues and at The Waggoners Club. His army testimonial describes his service as ‘exemplary’:

“An intelligent and capable young man who has done well in the service. A hardworking and most willing individual… with a flair for the entertainment world musically. A charming and cheerful personality.”

After leaving the army in 1969, Peter continued working as a DJ at the Silhouette Club and the Bird’s Nest in Southampton. In 1972 he was the winner of the BBC Radio London Silver Microphone Award.

In recent years, Peter travelled widely, his long holidays regularly seeming to coincide with other unexpected events – a volcanic eruption, a tsunami and a military coup. The postcards and messages he sent would simply say ‘having a lovely time in the sun’.

Peter was diagnosed with smouldering myeloma in 2007 which later progressed to myeloma. In 2017 he made a video for Myeloma UK talking about how he coped with his illness.

Sadly, Peter passed away on 11 March 2021 but will be remembered with affection by all who knew him. He was supportive, endlessly curious, adventurous, fun.

Individual and Planned Giving Manager Claire Holmyard said:

“When he passed away, Peter’s family and friends raised £595.07 for Myeloma UK to honour his memory. We were so grateful to receive these funds as well as Peter’s legacy gift to help invest in our work. We know he wanted more attention brought to myeloma to help accelerate research into better treatments. He was looking forward to the day when myeloma might be classed as a “chronic illness”. It’s thanks to the support of incredible people like Peter who donate, raise funds, and leave a gift in their Will, Myeloma UK can continue to fund key research to increase our understanding of myeloma and its treatment. We are determined that one day Peter’s hopes might become a reality.”

Find out more about leaving a gift in your Will to Myeloma UK email giftsinwills@myeloma.org.uk or call 0131 230 0429 to speak to one of the team.