Brave teenage cancer victim who kept Facebook diary dies

Peter Ashton documented his treatment on Facebook.
Peter Ashton documented his treatment on Facebook.
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A BRAVE teenager who kept an online diary of his cancer struggle has lost his fight with the disease.

Peter Ashton, 14, died this morning - just two days after fans of his beloved Hearts football club joined in applause for his bravery during the match against St Johnstone at Tynecastle.

The Newbattle High pupil was diagnosed with leukaemia in October last year, and set up Peter Ashton’s Journey in January.

In his last post last week, he wrote: “The cancer has got so aggressive now my body can’t fight it any more. Thank you for all the support you all have given me. I still want to fight this but my body can’t, I love you all.”

His father Jason used his Facebook page to announce that his son had died at 6.30am.

He described how the family, including Peter’s mother Mary and sister Gemma, were “proud of the way he battled to the end”.

He added: “We love you son.”

In an online statement, Newbattle High head teacher Colin Taylor said: “All at Newbattle CHS are extremely saddened by the news today of Peter’s death after a long and brave fight against cancer. Peter was a popular boy in school with a keen sense of humour who enjoyed helping others. He attended Mayfield Primary School before moving to Newbattle and one of his fondest memories was his week at Dounan’s Camp in Aberfoyle.

“Peter enjoyed sport and he had a keen interest in football. During his last visit to the school he was keen to tell us about his love of Hearts and how he had received a visit from first team player Jamie Walker. He was very appreciative of the medical care he was receiving and inspired the school to fundraise on behalf of the Teenage Cancer Trust.Peter will be sorely missed by all at Newbattle. Our thoughts are with Peter’s family at this time.”