A VINTAGE 1885 Burford House fire pump will be in Redditch on Saturday, November 27, to help raise funds for a man with terminal melanoma who is trying to leave a mole-mapping machine as part of his legacy.
Former firefighter Mike Hull, from Droitwich, has been battling the disease since 2013 and has been told that if he had been scanned by the high-tech machine, it may have been caught earlier which could have led to a more positive outcome.
As part of his fund-raising, Mike organised the first DAM (Droitwich Against Melanoma) walking football Trophy in 2019, raising £6,000.
It was such a success, he was due to hold the second DAM Trophy last year but that was cancelled because of Covid.
Instead, a few weeks ago at Droitwich Rugby Club, he held another fund-raiser for all his family, friends and former workmates which raised £4,000, taking his overall total to £11,000.
He wants to raise £30,000 to fund the revolutionary mole-mapping machine so others do not have to endure the same heartache he and his family have gone through.
As the name suggests it can analyse moles and skin blemishes and alert healthcare professionals to what is going on in the body.
Mike said: “There are currently only a handful of these machines in the country and we need more so as many people as possible can get tested.”
At tomorrow’s event, his former Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue colleagues will bring the historic pump to the town centre between 9am and 4pm.
People are welcome to come and see it and Mike is hoping they will donate to his cause.
He will also be holding several other events in the coming months.
Having exhausted all the current treatments which fight melanoma, Mike is now undergoing early phase development trials.
Visit melanomauk.org.uk/fundraisers/the-mike-hull-body-mapping-machine/ for more on Mike’s campaign and to donate online.