Mel’s Undiscovered Messengers at The Riverside Centre, with Mel, back, centre. Picture by Jennifer Burton.
SHE may have only a few months to live but that didn’t stop a brave cancer sufferer from taking to the stage at a special charity concert.
Mum-of-five Mel Brooks, who founded a choir for people affected by cancer after she was diagnosed with the disease last year, shone at the concert, at the Riverside Centre, Newport, on Saturday.
With fellow members of Mel’s Undiscovered Messengers (MUM) IW, she sang Mel’s Song, written by the choir for her, in front of an audience of around 200 friends, family and well-wishers, including her children.
MUM IW shared the bill with Island bands The Ohmz, Dirty L’il Secret and Downtown, plus saxophone duo Dave Elston and Kay De’Lacy at the concert, which raised around £1,200 for the Earl Mountbatten Hospice.
"It was amazing but incredibly emotional, especially when I saw my kids in the audience," said Mel, 44, of Royal Exchange, Newport.
"The bands were brilliant and it meant a lot so many people came to support us. People I’ve never met were coming and saying well done, telling me to stay strong.
"It meant so much to me I could take part in this concert, that I could stand on stage and sing. I feel so proud that we did it, that I did it."
After she was diagnosed with spinal cancer, Mel was determined to pursue the one thing that made her happy — singing.
Following several unsuccessful chemotherapy treatments, Mel learnt the cancer had spread to her liver and could not be cured. After receiving the news, she said: "I would say to anyone in my position — find something that makes you happy and go for it. Give it everything you’ve got. This choir is the best thing I’ve ever done."