Dr Mark Sims

My son Mark died on Thursday 19th January, 2017, after two years with Stage 4 malignant melanoma. (an advanced and deadly skin cancer).

Throughout his illness he wrote a blog that reached a huge audience and he has to date raised £334,234  for Cancer Research UK through his Just Giving Appeal 

(update 24th April 2024) 

We are so grateful for all the support the fund has received. I want to give a special mention to the family of Vic Bush. A thoughtful legacy for a substantial sum

boosted funds this year and raised all our spirits during Lockdown.


 I have published his book with Poetry Space Ltd and a £3000 has so far been donated to the appeal from book sales.

To buy the book  Go to online shop.

After Mark died, tributes poured in. These are just a few of the poetic ones:

Tributes to my son Mark Sims



A memorial walk from Bath Abbey to Swineford

On Saturday June 10th, 2017  we held a memorial walk for Mark It was  organised Chris in conjunction with Cancer Research UK.

We met at Bath Abbey and walked Swineford via Kelston Round Hill, a distance of approximately 6 miles. The route followed the Cotswold Way and took most of us 3 hours. 

We had refreshments along the way provided by Gary Welsh’s family and Avon Scouts. Then gathered afterwards in The Swan Pub in Swineford.

This is the exact route Chris and Mark took on a very special day back in November  2015. By then Mark’s Dabrafenib had stopped working and he received a phone call while they were out saying that he could start Pembroluzimab, a new and innovative immunotherapy drug.So there was cause for celebration.

The walk itself raised £2000.

Mark’s appeal for CRUK