Gill Nuttall CEO
In 2007, Gill had attended several medical appointments with Jon Herron, a family friend who had been originally diagnosed with melanoma back in 2002. When it became apparent that Jon was not going to survive the disease, Gill started to do some fundraising and awareness of melanoma. In 2012, after many years of volunteering and fundraising she decided that it was time to take the organisation out into the world, and Melanoma UK was born. Gill is very much a people person and is very often one of the first people that patients and carers will speak to when they first make contact.
Mike Nuttall is heavily involved with Melanoma UK, through his support of his wife Gill. Mike said “We were all good friends with Jon and we miss him very much. I just knew that when Jon passed away, Gill would find something good from what had happened and she did. Melanoma UK is proof of what Jon meant to so many people and just how hard she has worked to take this further. I started off by doing the 3 Peaks challenge which was great fun.”
Before we met Jon, we didn’t know anyone with melanoma. Sadly, we now know of a lot of people but we hope that through our efforts we can make a difference. We train hard for the walks that we do, always aware of the dangers of the sun, the possibility of sun burn and skin cancer and we use high factor sun screens and cover up properly.
Andy Worthington has been friends with the Nuttall family for a long time. Andy’s niece had a melanoma removed a number of years ago. Andy decided to get involved with the group and is now a vital member of the team.
“I didn’t really need much persuading to get involved. It was absolutely the right thing for me to do. Like Mike, I’ve done the 3 Peaks and am very involved in the events side of things, organising collections, quiz nights, golf days and 5 a side competitions. I’ve done the Manchester 10k to fundraise. Raising awareness of melanoma and funds to research better treatments has become an important part of my life.”
Joann Wheeldon is one of the support workers at Melanoma UK. Jo has personal experience of Melanoma, having lost her husband Terry to the disease in 2011. Jo is a vital part of the team at Melanoma UK, running a support group Life After Melanoma which she set up to support bereaved families. Whilst she concentrates a lot of her efforts in the support of others, Jo is still very much involved in fundraising and has done abseils, runs, walks etc and has attended many fund raising functions.
Diane is the Liverpool arm of Melanoma UK. Diane’s beautiful niece Claire passed away in December 2013. She was a young mum with everything to live for. Diane has since become a major force here at Melanoma UK. Last year, she arranged the ‘Team Claire’ Liverpool to Poland bike ride and has raised a significant amount since she first joined the team.
If you would like to know more about fundraising for is and for melanoma patients, support and research, please get in touch.