Garage boss receives award for resilience during tough times

Double BTCC racing champion Colin Turkington, left, and athlete Kriss Akabusi, right, with Ruth, Peter and Libby Welch

Garage boss Peter Welch has been praised for the bravery of spirit he showed when his family faced tough times.

The proprietor of Didcot-based Scotlands Ash Garage was presented with an Above and Beyond award by engine specialists TerraClean at a ceremony held at the Holiday Inn Northumberland.

For Peter, a further surprise lay in store as he was joined on stage by wife Ruth and daughter Libby, who made the trip to the event without Peter knowing.

Libby was diagnosed with a nerve sheath tumour at the age of just 20 and is recovering well. Meanwhile, Peter was diagnosed with prostate cancer and is also recovering well. The award acknowledged the incredible journey the family had taken.

Peter said: “My complete gratitude goes to TerraClean for this award and for the constant support I have received during this tough period from family, friends and customers.”

Phill Dowd, Randstad (TerraClean) sales manager, said: “Despite the difficult situation, Peter has always remained positive and simply grateful that he had been given the opportunity to allow for early treatment.

“He took inspiration from his family and battled cancer head-on. We were thrilled to present the Above and Beyond award to such a brave and hardworking member of the TerraClean family.”

Peter’s family-run garage is a well-known contributor to the Didcot community with the garage regularly sponsoring local events such as Astonbury, as well as local football team, Wallingford Town FC.

The garage donates £1 for every MOT it carries out to the Teenage Cancer Trust. In 2016, the garage gave £2,000 to the charity and is continuing the initiative in 2017.

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