Sunday, 24 July 2016

Lives & Times Meets Melinda Farrell From ESPN Cricinfo

I met up with Australian sports journalist and broadcaster Melinda Farrell, who works for ESPN Cricinfo, outside Bank Tube Station in London last summer, 2015, to photograph her for the Lives & Times charity book. As you can see she was a great sport posing for a photo with the bowel cancer tie, and recording a video message to help promote the book. The location gave us the magnificent backdrop of Mansion House for the main photo. My Sunday ended up going out for a curry in Reading. Melinda's ended up with dinner at The Ritz!

Melinda spent our British winter in the much warmer locations of Australia and India covering cricket, although I think she got slightly caught out with the weather when she covered the cricket close to the Himalayas! Melinda is now back in the UK for our summer of cricket, and I am looking forward to getting a copy of the book to her. The book was published at the end of November and the fundraising, including the new Lives & Times Screen Print, has so far raised over £2100 for the charity.

Whilst Melinda has been away my mother's battle with bowel cancer has continued. She had her 5th major operation in four years in March when she had the lower lob of her left lung removed. The primary cancer from the bowel has also spread to the brain in the form of two tumours. One tumour has responded well to treatment, but the other one has recently increased in size. Unfortunately another seizure put Mum in hospital for six weeks pretty much paralysing her down her right side. Two weeks ago we got the devastating news the cancer is now terminal, and Mum has now moved into the St Marks Care Home in Maidenhead where she can get the necessary care 24/7 and be as comfortable as possible. So whilst the book is a warm, heartwarming and uplifting read, the reasons for doing it, raising funds for Beating Bowel Cancer and awareness about this awful disease remain ever so important. Anyone buying the book is helping to make a difference and work towards beating bowel cancer.

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