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Issue:- 12 June 2014

Lord Mayor helps Melanoma UK

LIVERPOOL'S Lord Mayor Councillor Gary Millar has donated £500 towards skin cancer charity Melanoma UK following his introduction to:- "Team Claire - Warrior Princess".

Diane Cannon and "Team Claire" (named after Claire Culbert) are doing so much for Melanoma UK and Diane has coordinated (with her team) a cycle ride from Liverpool to Krakow, Poland in September this year. Claire was diagnosed with skin cancer in 2002, but like most people, her family believed that with treatment Claire would get better and everything would be okay. Sadly, this wasn't the case and after a brave battle with the illness, Claire passed away in December 2013.

The whole family is still devastated by Claire's death, she leaves behind two children, Lauren and Elliott and she was only 38 when she died.

Team Claire have many plans this year, the biggest one being a 1043 mile bike ride from Liverpool to Krakow, which aims not only to raise much needed cash for the charity, but also to increase awareness of skin cancer. They chose Krakow for the event as Claire's dissertation for her degree was called the Hidden Children of the Holocaust and it was always her ambition to visit Auschwitz to see the concentration camp for herself. She never got to do it so it seemed fitting to do it in her memory.

The Lord Mayor said:- "I have met several of Claire's family and friends and recently Gill Nuttall from Melanoma UK. I was so moved by Claire's story and the determination of Team Claire to do something in her memory I just had to help. £500 is not a big donation but it will certainly make a difference.  Good luck to Team Claire in their long cycle to Poland".

Team Claire consists of Diane Cannon, Claire's brother Mark Culbert, best friends John Merrill, Elaine Stapleton, Graham Schumacher and team mascot, Obie the dog.  Diane said:- "I had no idea when I started out volunteering for the charity how much work would be involved, especially as I am also running my own business, however, it is worth every minute if I can achieve mine and more importantly my niece's goal of raising awareness of this brutal disease which so cruelly took life at such a young age."

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