President of Marine Dave Thompson announces that he has asked Club officials to arrange to sell his prized collection of Everton and Marine memorabilia to raise funds towards his wife Yasemin’s appeal to assist OcuMel UK.

OcuMel UK is a registered charity run by eye cancer patients and family members who provide support for anyone affected by eye cancer and aims to give clear and accurate information to help patients make life choices that are right for them. OcuMel UK’s friendly staff and volunteers understand how isolating it can be when patients are diagnosed with a rare cancer and provides that necessary support. Through the activities of OcuMel UK staff and volunteers raise awareness of eye cancer amongst the public and work with medical professionals to increase their knowledge.

Yasemin Thompson said this week:

“Just over two months ago doctors told my family to prepare for the worse, as they believed I only had a few days to live. I wasn’t having that and so on 18 April I got out of bed and started a battle with my brain to stay in this world for as long as I can.

I am a 49 year old NHS worker, hoping to celebrate my 50th in July and until January this year I have enjoyed a wonderful life with my family and friends, travelling the world which opened my eyes to different tastes and cultures.

Since that day in April I have done as much as my body would allow me to do, revamping and enjoying the garden, daily shopping trips in my wheelchair and having meals out with my family (even though I can only eat a little) but best of all having garden parties, at a distance of course with my crazy ‘bezzie’ friends. I am making the most of whatever time I have left.

I was originally diagnosed with a very rare eye Melanoma back in 2012 which was successfully treated with Proton Beam therapy, which left me partially blind.

In January this year after routine scans I was told the melanoma had metastasised to my Liver and that it was terminal. The lack of treatment options is due to limited research into this rare cancer, which I want to help change. So I am raising funds for OcuMel UK, a small charity that needs money to do more research which may give sufferers a better chance of beating this disease in the future.

Raising funds for research and creating awareness of this disease is giving me purpose and it is a way for me to say thank you to those who have supported and looked after me over the years and to leave my small legacy behind.

So far I have raised £9,153 towards my lifetime goal of raising £20,000 for OcuMel UK and the sale of David’s prized football possessions by Marine Football Club will be a great help towards achieving this target.”

Marine Chairman Paul Leary said:

“After visiting Dave and Yasemin last week we have agreed to help with her appeal to raise vital funds for OcuMel UK. The collection of Everton memorabilia that Dave has given up is fantastic and includes some treasured items professionally framed and authenticated. Dave has also asked for us to include some very special signed Marine v Tottenham FA Cup shirts in the sale. The details of the first batch of items for sale are listed below and they will be sold on eBay with successful bidders having to collect the items from Marine.”

Paul Leary added:

We are delighted that we can help such a worthwhile cause and it is especially important to support Yasemin at such a challenging time for her and her family.”

The first batch of items that will be on sale are as follows:

Everton 1995 Cup final photos, ticket and programme – framed

Everton v Chelsea May 2011 framed photo signed by Everton players

Everton v Watford Cup final signed photo, ticket and programme – framed

Tim Cahill signed framed photo

Joe Royle scores against Gordon Banks signed framed photo

Everton in the 1930’s framed with 2 photos team photo and Dixie Dean goal

Everton FA Cup winners 1933 framed signed by players

Everton v Watford framed with 2 signed photos

Neville Southall’s famous half time sit-in signed photo

Everton’s famous 5 of the 60’s signed photo

Ross Barkley signed framed photo

Jamie Carragher signed Marine v Tottenham specially made shirt

Bayleigh Passant signed goalkeeper shirt Marine v Tottenham

Marine players signed shirt Marine v Tottenham

Enquiries: Paul Leary 07855 275722 or by email to

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