Artist Remi Rough Becomes Patron Of Charity Providing Vital Mental Health Support For Cancer Patients And Their Families

Artist Remi Rough Becomes Patron Of Charity Providing Vital Mental Health Support For Cancer Patients And Their Families

A new charity that launched in June last year providing vital mental health support to cancer patients and their families, has appointed its first patron – a critically acclaimed artist and music producer.

Remi Rough, from Peckham, south London has been creating powerful graffiti inspired abstract compositions and large-scale murals for over 35 years. His incredible talent has meant he has exhibited at galleries and cities across the world, including New York, Paris, Los Angeles, Tokyo and Hong Kong, and most recently featured in the summer exhibition at The Royal Academy of Arts in London. Remi is also an accomplished music producer and rapper and one half of hip hop art duo TheDeadCanRap.

As the first of a few patrons Mind Over Cancer hopes to have on board in the years to come, Remi intends to use his artistic talent to help with the charity’s fundraising and spread awareness of its free mental health services which support current and former cancer patients.

Mind Over Cancer provides free mental health support to current and former cancer patients and their support network living across East Anglia who were diagnosed from birth to 29 years-old and plans to help 1,250 people across the region this year. However, the charity’s long-term future ambition is to expand outside of East Anglia and offer mental health services to all areas across England and eventually become nationwide, opening in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Around 18 children, teenagers and young adults aged 0 to 29 years-old are diagnosed[1] with cancer every day across the UK and approximately 1 in 4 people across the UK experience a mental health problem each year. Throwing cancer into the mix means it is inevitable mental health will suffer.

Set-up by experts who have treated and supported children, teenagers and young adults diagnosed with cancer, the team spotted the lack of mental health provision through the NHS for those diagnosed when young and the difficulty of accessing these limited services and long waiting times.

Mind Over Cancer provides ten free counselling sessions and access to a Mental Health and Wellbeing Support Programme for one year. Uniquely, support is extended to the patient’s family, friends and partners, as all can be negatively affected by a cancer diagnosis, with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anxiety often experienced.

Susie Shaw, Founder and Chief Executive of Mind Over Cancer said: “We feel incredibly lucky to have Remi on board. He is the most perfect patron for us as myself and the Mind Over Cancer team know that creating art can be an incredibly powerful way to express feelings, helps facilitate important discussions around mental health and can be used as a form of therapy, so we were obviously ecstatic when Remi accepted our invitation to be our first patron.”

Remi Rough comments: “I’m honoured to be asked to be the first Patron of Mind Over Cancer, it’s an important charity that has identified a gap and need in services and support for young people and their families. I’m looking forward to bringing bold and colourful ways to raise awareness and funds for the charity.”

To donate or for more information on how to access Mind Over Cancer’s services visit www.mindovercancer.org.uk or email contactus@mindovercancer.org.uk or phone 07485 767281. You can also donate* £10 via text by texting the word 10OVERCANCER to 70085.

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For press information please contact Sarah Henderson on sarah@purelypublicrelations.com or 0777 3579949

Notes to editors:

*Texts cost £10 plus one standard rate message and you’ll be opting in to hear more about our work and fundraising via telephone and SMS. If you’d like to give £10 but do not wish to receive marketing communications text 10OVERCANCERNOINFO to 70085.

About Mind Over Cancer

Mind Over Cancer provides vital mental health support to current and former cancer patients and their families from across East Anglia who were diagnosed from birth to 29 years-old. Around 12 children and young people aged 0 to 24 years-old are diagnosed with cancer every day across the UK and approximately 1 in 4 people across the UK experience a mental health problem each year. Throwing a cancer diagnosis into the mix means it is inevitable mental health will suffer. Set-up by experts who have treated and supported children, teenagers and young adults diagnosed with cancer, the team spotted the lack of mental health provision for those diagnosed when young and the difficulty of accessing these limited services and long waiting times. Mind Over Cancer enables access to ten free counselling sessions and an online Mental Health and Wellbeing Support Programme for one year.

Uniquely, support is extended to the patient’s family, friends and partners, as all can be negatively affected, with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anxiety often reported. For further information visit www.mindovercancer.org.uk or email

contactus@mindovercancer.org.uk or phone 07485 767281. Follow on social media on Twitter: @mindovercancer1, Facebook: Mind Over Cancer, Instagram: @mindovercancer Linkedin: Mind Over Cancer #MindOverCancer. Registered charity: 1192034.

[1] Cancer Research UK, Cancer Incidence 2017 with 6,596 male and female cancer cases (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer) reported www.cruk.org/cancerstats

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