Welcome to the Factor 50 website. Factor 50 is a patient support group, set up in 2007. The group was set up in memory of Jon Herron, a young man from Larne in Northern Ireland who sadly passed away in May 2008. Initially the aim was to fund raise in order to support Dr Paul Lorigan's melanoma research fund and the work the team were doing to bring treatments to The Christie. Factor 50 has gone much further than we could have ever hoped and we are now part of the government's melanoma task force team, stakeholders with NICE and give patient support to as many melanoma patients and families as we possibly can.
The Melanoma Taskforce continue to meet and led by Dr James Larkin, last year we helped to launch the melanoma pathway.
On the 2nd November 2012, dying skin cancer patients were handed a lifeline from NICE (The National Institute for Clinical Excellence) as the original decision to deny patients Yervoy (ipilimumab) and Vemurafenib was reversed and confirmation was given that the treatment is now to be made available on the NHS. It is important that the treatments now reach the patients and we encourage any patients who need help or advice in obtaining treatments, to contact us.
ANDY FLOWER OBE - FACTOR 50 AMBASSADOR
England Cricket coach and legend Andy Flower announced in the summer of 2011, his Ambassadorial role for Factor 50.
Andy underwent surgery for melanoma in 2010 and commenting on his role said:- "When Gill approached me to ask for my support it wasn’t a difficult decision for me at all. I wish the team at Factor 50 and The Christie much success and am delighted to be associated with them’
Gill Nuttall said - "I am over the moon that a legend such as Andy Flower has agreed to lend his support to our cause - Skin Cancer is increasing in the UK faster than at any time and our campaign this summer is to get everyone to slap on the Factor50 and enjoy their summer holidays safe in the knowledge that they are at least protected.
The 3rd Ralli Factor 50 His & Hers Charity Ball - Saturday 18 May 2013
The partners at Ralli are again sponsors of the 3rd fundraising dinner. Hosted by Key 103's Darren Proctor - the evening will begin with a champagne reception at The Point, Old Trafford. We have some fantastic sponsors again, David M Robinson, Uvistat, Wigmore Media, E-know - the sponsors are growing daily and we are grateful. For tickets, tables and sponsorship details, contact Gill Nuttall on 07930 375360.
For all enquiries, please contact us and we will do our best to get back to you within 24 hours.
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