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Comedian Kernow King helps mother of five with cancer

By bevcoumbe  |  Posted: October 09, 2013

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Mel Bray with her family in Camborne

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Cornish comedians Kernow King and Johnny Cowling are performing at benefit gigs to help a young mother of five who has terminal cancer.

Mel Bray, 30, of Manor Road, Camborne, was diagnosed with breast cancer and secondary lung cancer in May after she discovered a lump in her breast.

The young mum was told that she has metastatic breast cancer, a rare and aggressive form of the disease, that was incurable and would spread.

Family and friends who set up a fundraising appeal so that Mel could enjoy a special weekend trip with her family, say they have been “overwhelmed” by the public response.

Family friend, Debbie Stokes, who is heading the appeal, said the Wishes for Mel Facebook site has been inundated with offers since the West Briton published her plight last week.

She said: “Mel is so confident and her self esteem has grown as a result of the public support. It has been a real boost. Her Just Giving site has already raised £536. We are likely to smash our target of raising £1,000 for Cancer Research and to cover the costs of a family break in Cornwall.”

She said Trevella Holiday Park, near Newquay has offered Mel and her children a free break and the owners of Rosewarne Manor in Connor Downs have donated family tickets to Flambards.

As a result of Mel’s Facebook awareness campaign, which has attracted 1,149 members in 15 days, two women have identified lumps in their breasts, said Mrs Stokes.

“They are being investigated as a result of Mel’s advice for young women to self examine. She is pleased that her message is being heard.”

The Cornish celebrity, Kernow King has agreed to run a fundraising auction during a Pink Party disco at Camborne Rugby Club on November 8 at 7.30pm.

On the evening at 8pm people across Cornwall are being invited to light a candle in memory of cancer victims.

Items offered for the auction include a chimney sweep, a Connoisseurs Dolls House worth £150, a lunch for two at the Penventon Hotel in Redruth and a luxury weekend break in Perranporth.

On November 2 people are also being invited to join a sponsored cycle ride from Camborne Square at midday to finish at the Miners Arms in Redruth where landlord Kevin Stevens and pub regulars are fundraising for Wishes for Mel.

Mel will be at the finish line to greet the cyclists taking part while pubs in Camborne, Illogan, Pool and Redruth have accepted collecting buckets for the appeal.

Comedian Johnny Cowling is performing at the Penventon Hotel on February 7 in aid of Wishes for Mel.

Anyone wanting to help can go to www.justgiving.com/Mel-Bray

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