‘IT’S going to be a day that no-one would have thought would ever happen.’
Chris Peskett is a man that’s been through it all and beaten the odds.
When I was 18, I outlined my hopes for the rest of my life. They were to able to have a place of my own, to live independently and to get married. Thanks to Kate, I can now make those dreams come true and complete my last goal.Chris Peskett
Over the last 25 years, he has faced a lifetime of daily hospital visits as he fought off pancreatic cancer and now battles tuberous sclerosis (TS) in addition to epilepsy and a number of other conditions which requires him to take medication on a daily basis and is on chemotherapy tablets for life.
He was told by doctors he would not reach adulthood but after all his struggles, he will finally achieve a lifetime goal this July by marrying the love of his life, Kate Barrett.
The 25-year-old from Horndean told The News: ‘When I was 18, I outlined my hopes for the rest of my life. They were to able to have a place of my own, to live independently and to get married.
‘Thanks to Kate, I can now make those dreams come true and complete my last goal.’
The couple met back in 2013 and Chris popped the question after having known Kate for two months on the dance floor.
Chris said: ‘I just knew that I wanted to marry her. I was just so taken by her and wanted to pop the question.
‘We really are so excited by. It’s going to be a day that no-one would have though would ever happen.’
On July 8, the loved-up duo will tie the knot at Portsmouth Registry Office in Burnaby Road, Old Portsmouth and hold the reception at Purbrook Masonic Centre.
Kate said: ‘We’ve been living together for two years and we really cannot wait for the big day. I just want to be Chris’ wife more than anything.’
Chris – who volunteers one day a week with disabled people – is also a published author with fantasy novel ‘The Three Glowing Trees’ released back in 2015.
As an avid superhero fan, Chris is looking to bring some of his influences into the proceedings, and is wearing a jacket influenced by DC Comics villain The Joker on the day.
In regards to their plans for the honeymoon, the couple are hoping to go to Florida later on this year so Kate can accomplish a lifetime goal of being able to swim with dolphins.
Chris’ mum Nicki said: ‘I’m in awe of him. I’m not a crier but even I will struggle not to shed a tear on the very special day. I’m just absolutely thrilled for him.
‘When you look back at all the things he has been through, it just makes me so emotional as all we wanted was for him to have a normal life and he’s gone out and made the best of it. He has achieved the impossible.’
Budding filmmaker Chris creates his own superhero
AS an avid superhero fan Chris has looking to make his own feature-length film about a heroine of his own creation – The Woman of Steel.
Chris has got himself a handful of actors and locations together with the plan to shoot an action-packed trailer in order to get more people interested.
He said: ‘I’m a big fan of superheroes and I created The Woman of Steel with the aim to bring her into the Marvel films in the future. She’s a woman that survived being trapped in a room full of explosions and now has a mechanical arm.’