Colour runner raises £900 for OcuMel UK

Sophie Brown’s mother was diagnosed with ocular melanoma in 2017 and has been receiving support from the charity

Sophie Brown
Almost £900 has been raised for OcuMel UK by a woman who completed a 5K colour run at Wembley Park after her mother was diagnosed with ocular melanoma.

26-year-old Sophie Brown (pictured) from Chelmsford took part in the London event where participants are covered in paint as part of a celebration of health and happiness.

Speaking about why she decided to complete the run, Ms Brown said: “Taking part in the colour run was great fun, but of course also tinged with sadness due to the reason I was doing it. Whilst I cannot take away my mother’s cancer, I can certainly help to fundraise for OcuMel UK and raise awareness of the disease.”

Ms Brown’s mother, Lesley Baillie, was diagnosed with the eye cancer following a routine eye examination in 2017.

Ms Baillie has had radioactive plaque therapy at Moorfields Eye Hospital and is receiving support, information and advice from OcuMel UK.

“Amongst other things OcuMel UK has provided my mother with advice on available treatments and links with other ocular melanoma patients which have helped us to build up a strong support network. We really wouldn’t have known which way to turn if it wasn’t for the support from OcuMel UK,” Ms Brown added.