Hi everyone,

Welcome to the latest news from Melanoma UK.

As we quickly approach May, we are preparing for Melanoma Awareness month which is throughout the world every May.  That said, we know that in our world, every day is an opportunity to raise awareness of melanoma.  

With that in mind, we have events in the coming days where we will be meeting a number of scientists from various pharmaceutical companies.  Along with patients, we are sharing the nature of our work and giving others the opportunity to share the journey of melanoma patients. One of our Ambassadors, Adele Hughes is the patient speaker and we know from working with her previously, that she will continue to be the perfect person for the job.

Speaking of Ambassadors, we are delighted to announce Kevin Donaghy as the latest Melanoma UK Ambassador.  We met Kevin through our weekly zoom support calls, he is a constant support to other patients (and to us) and is passionate about helping others diagnosed with Melanoma especially managing the mental impact of a cancer diagnosis. 

We know that there are many of our supporters who are now planning their spring and summer events and as ever, we are so grateful for your support.  We can see by the number of orders we are receiving for running vests etc, that there are going to be a few tired athletes out there!  We must make mention of Neil Evans, his family and friends who are doing some amazing fundraising for Melanoma UK.  Neil lived in Australia but was originally from the UK.  Neil died last June and his family are carrying out several events which will help to fund special equipment for early detection of melanoma. 

This update would not be complete if we did not mention two very special people.  Mike Hull and Margaret Simpson.  Mike and his family have been fundraising for a number of years with a plan to purchase a total body mapping unit.  Sadly, Mike passed away on the 19 March but we know that his legacy will continue as the family get ever closer to their goal.  We had the pleasure to have met Mike on a few occasions and he really was a true gentleman.  We are grateful to Mike and his family for all they have done to raise awareness of melanoma through their fabulous efforts. 

Margaret Simpson was another one of our lovely Thursday night zoom gang and sadly, she passed away on Easter Sunday.  Margaret and her husband Peter were loved by everyone on the call and became known as the Gogglebox couple as they sat side by side each week.  We will miss her. 

Over the last few months, we have noticed a steady increase in the number of calls to our helpline.  For anyone who needs to speak to us, please don’t hesitate to call.  One of the promises we made to Jon Herron all those years ago, was that we would always try to be there for patients and families when necessary. 

That still stands today.  

Thank you again for your ongoing support.  And as always, if you need us, please don’t hesitate to reach out.  
Gill and Di