Following a decline in her health, we share the sad news that Dawn Green, the founder of Pseudomyxoma Survivor, has decided to step down from her role as trustee of the charity to focus on her own well-being and spend more time with family and friends.

Dawn was first diagnosed with pseudomyxoma peritonei (PMP) in 2008, after about 15 months of misdiagnosis. She was given just three months to live. Dawn soon noticed there was a lack of emotional support for anyone with the disease, so she established Pseudomyxoma Survivor to fill the gap. Supported by family, friends and fellow PMP patients, Dawn started to raise awareness and to carry out the tasks necessary to register the charity. This involved organising fund-raising events, including cold, early morning starts for car boot sales, cake bakes and fancy dress evenings. Dawn also became interested in supporting the needs of cancer patients more generally and rare cancer patients more specifically. Shortly after Pseudomyxoma Survivor was registered as a charity, Angela came on board to support Dawn, followed more recently by Susan. Battling with surgery, chemo, Dawn has continued to support patients to the best of her ability.

It has been increasingly apparent for some time that Dawn has been struggling to cope as her health has declined, and has had increasing difficulty undertaking the essential administration work associated with the charity. While other trustees have taken on more and more of the financial and administrative matters of the charity, Dawn has understandably found it difficult to let go and the stress and overhead of her remaining trustee duties have become impossible for her to reliably manage in her current state of health.

At a general meeting on the 28th April 2016, the remaining trustees, supported by the Charity Commission (the UK government regulator of charities), elected a new trustee to form the essential “quorate” minimum of three trustees. I am pleased therefore to announce that Lynda Bishop has joined the trustee board as Treasurer.

A well-respected Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and lecturer in accounting, Lyn is also the Treasurer of the charity Fellowship Singers Of Shirley. Angela will continue in her role within the charity and also takes the role of Secretary to the Trustees.

Pseudomyxoma Survivor plans to appoint further well-qualified trustees to help steer the charity to the next level, continuing our world-class patient support through our support groups and buddy scheme, raise awareness and support research as well as improve financial management through ensuring that all donations to the charity are used efficiently and effectively in support of its stated charitable aims.

The whole board of trustees would like to extend their thanks to Dawn for her incredible efforts in creating this charity, leading it the point and situation it now finds itself and supporting patients in the way she has. We wish her well.

Susan Oliver
Chair, Pseudomyxoma Survivor