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Brave Camborne mum helps raise £6,400 for cancer charity

By bevcoumbe  |  Posted: November 11, 2013

  • Having fun at the Pink Ball at Camborne RFC are Mel Bray with family and friends

  • Cancer sufferer Mel Bray (left) with friend Lisa Jenkin who has had her head shaved in support at the Pink Ball at Camborne RFC.

  • In the pink, Mel Bray's daughters Elise (left) and Caitlin at the pink ball for Cancer Research at Camborne RFC.

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Cornish comedian, Kernow King, helped raise £1,900 during a fundraising auction in aid of a Camborne mother diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Mother of five, Mel Bray, 30, from Camborne, was told the devastating news that she has breast cancer and secondary lung cancer after she discovered a lump in her breast in May.

Ever since family and friends have rallied round raising funds for the young family so that they can enjoy a holiday together and for Cancer Research.

These include a bike ride and Camborne artist, Dave Marshall, tattooing 56 cancer ribbons, along with a Pink Party, raffle and auction staged at Camborne Rugby Club, all raising £6,400 for Cancer Research.

Collections from Camborne and Redruth pubs raised £400, with thanks to Kevin Stephens at Miners Arms in Redruth who welcomed cyclists with a pasty lunch at the end of sponsored cycle ride from Camborne to Redruth on November 2.

Mel’s close friend, Lisa Jenkin, had a pink ribbon shaved into her hair and Craig Merrill raised £850 in a sponsored bike ride.

Other events still to come are a children’s party to raise awareness of breast cancer and a Mega-Raffle & pasty supper at Penventon Hotel, hosted by Johnny Cowling on February 7.

Organiser and close friend, Deborah Stokes thanked all those supporting the events, which she said were helping Mel who is embarking on a brave campaign to raise awareness among other young women of the importance of examining their bodies.

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  • craigmerrell  |  November 11 2013, 1:59PM

    My wife and I were privileged enough to be invited to travel down from Worcester to attend this amazing charity event with Mel Bray and her family and friends after I volunteered to do a sponsored 150 cycle ride for 'Wishes for Mel'. The night was an absolute success and together we raised an astonishing amount of money for Cancer UK but equally as important, Mel Bray who is a truly inspirational young mother has raised Breast Cancer Awareness now through her sheer determination to spread the word. If you ever get the chance to meet Mel then you will feel truly honoured, she is amazing. She has the most adorable and loving children and family network. We are now looking forward to the next fund raising night in February 2014 where we can meet Mel again and share another fantastic evening. There are too many people to remember and thank for organising such a winning event but you all know who you are. Kindest regards, Craig & Cheryl Merrell, Worcester

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