Our amazing and beautiful friend, Suki Thompson, has now come to the end of her extraordinary journey. Extraordinary because it was a life that touched so many people in so many ways. She passed peacefully at her home in Perranporth, Cornwall, surrounded by family.
As a serial entrepreneur and marketing industry leader, Suki always made it her mission to put people first. And in her final journey, this was no different. She dedicated these last few months to raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support, where she was a trustee of this fantastic charity for 9 years and, importantly, supported her and her family through everything.
It also became her passion to encourage everyone to wear sunscreen to reduce the threat of melanoma, as Suki became one of the 20,000 people diagnosed with melanoma in August 2014.
Suki explained, "What started out as melanoma on my left foot has spread and become a brain tumour. So, if you notice a new mole or spot one that's changing, see your doctor immediately. And even if you think you're safe, please see your doctor anyway, and get checked regularly - it only takes a matter of minutes."
90% of melanomas are caused by UV light and sunlight. Do your research on how to spot them and how to grade how serious they are. Macmillan's ABCDE guide is a great place to start.
So, in keeping with Suki's mantra of 'every day is a gift' we are finding one more thing to give every single day - keeping her mantra going. Having already raised almost £200,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support, we want to raise as much as possible now.
We’d be so grateful for your donations, however big or small, to support Suki's legacy to continue funding specialist nurses. Each £50,000 raised adds another specialist nurse for a year. So far we have raised enough to support four nurses, and want to see that number continue to rise. Without your donations Macmillan can't support everyone who needs their help.
Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and secure. Your details are safe. Once you donate, they'll send your money directly to the charity. It is the most efficient way to donate.
Thank you and once you donate, please share this link with others so they too can donate and help Macmillan do the amazing work they do.
Suki was the best of us. Brave, bold and beautiful. Kind, caring, warm and generous - the true embodiment of human sunshine.
Rest in peace our beautiful Suki!