Melanies Mission To Live

Mel is a 32yr old bubbly, caring & loving young lady facing the prospect of dying - she needs YOUR HELP AGAIN!. She lives in Cramlington, Northumberland and has always aspired to become a primary teacher, since graduating from Newcastle university with a Biology degree.

She underwent specialist and life saving neurosurgery in Barcelona Spain, to fuse her skull and entire Cervical spine together, and a second surgery to fuse her lower thoracic, lumbar spine and pelvis to prevent it from dislocating!

The surgeries cost over £160,000 and Mel’s quality of life improved dramatically following them- thanks you all YOUR generous donations and support!

However, her fusion broke 2years later during intubation for an unrelated surgery in the U.K, and she has returned to Barcelona 4times for revision surgeries.

She is now fully fused skull to pelvis plus both Sacroiliac joints, but unfortunately the fusion is unstable in two areas due to broken titanium screws inside the vertebrae.

She is now in a surgical Halo vest until we can find a surgeon able to fix this issue & prevent her from having life threatening respiratory arrests and constant seizures.

Her neurosurgeon recommended we seek advice from the experts elsewhere in the world.

We are still fundraising to pay off the last surgery- any additional funds raised will go towards her future life saving treatment to enable her to have her fusion repaired and her halo removed at long last!

If there is any surplus funds, they will be used to purchase treatment or equipment needed that is not available on the NHS.

As explained, we were in desperate need of support to fundraise for her lifesaving surgery! Our brilliant local community came together to help us gain and generate the momentum essential to keep the campaign active with awareness and funds coming in constantly by obtaining both national and international public support for #melaniesMissionToLive!

Mel now needs your support again, more than ever, for further lifesaving neurosurgical treatment…. As a halo is “not a long term solution”.


  • Tom- Raffle Speaker  
    • £40 (Offline)
    • 3 d
  • Anonymous 
    • £100 
    • 6 d
  • The Secret Garden Quiz Night 
    • £457 (Offline)
    • 9 d
  • Di And Trev 
    • £875 (Offline)
    • 9 d
  • Nintendo Switch Game Sales 
    • £100 (Offline)
    • 11 d
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Fundraising team: Melanies Mission Fundraising Team (3)

Melanie Hartshorn 
Raised £145 from 3 donations
Cramlington, UK
Diane Askew 
Team member
Leah Grant 
Team member
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