Malcolm was just 60 when he lost his courageous fight with Leukaemia. The disease won, and robbed us of a wonderful, kind man with a beautiful soul and a zest for life. He had so much more living to do, and we are left with a huge Mal shaped hole in our lives. We, Mal’s family and friends, felt so lost, bereft, confused and devastated that he had been taken from us, and we needed to do something with all that crazy energy swirling around us.
The journey we had been on with Mal was a roller coaster ride, and we realised as we were living it, that some facilities and services were not available. The care Mal received was faultless and amazing. The NHS staff are dedicated and very special people, however, support for family members needs improving, as do some of the patient facilities.
The MHF has a mission to make the journey of patients and family members going through the same experience with blood related cancers easier to bear, by providing better facilities and comfort. We are working alongside Hammersmith Hospital initially - where Mal was treated - but eventually other hospitals too - to provide services that are not in the NHS budget, but in our opinion, are equally important.
Our first target is to fund a purpose built Phlebotomy Suite in the Haematology Wing at Hammersmith Hospital which will be more comfortable, private and fit for purpose than the facility currently is. Had Malcolm survived, he would have needed to have blood tests twice a week, so this seems like a very fitting first project. We are more than half way towards our initial target of £15,000 and have more fund raising events planned. The suite will be called The Malcolm Hart Phlebotomy Suite, and everything we raise money for in the future will also bear his name. Malcolm’s name will live on in a positive way and that is really important to us.
I felt the need to keep Mal’s good name and wonderful character alive – he was my husband, soul mate and best friend. He touched so many people’s lives with his humour, kindness and lovely nature. I miss him every second of every day.
My dad was my hero and role model. Being part of the foundation gives us a purpose and keeps dad’s memory and name alive. I will never never forget his kindness and wisdom.
Supporting Ros, Ben & Lia in making a difference to the lives of so many people in Malcolm's name is such a special way of honouring his memory.
It’s heartbreaking to lose anyone before their time - being on this committee gives us all a chance to remember Mal, talk about him and try and build something good from something tragic.
Malcolm was a genuinely lovely guy who had a wicked sense of humour. Having spent many wonderful times with the Hart family, I feel we should channel some of his zest for life into the foundation to help others. ￼
Malcolm was a very special friend of mine and my family. It is so important for me to be a part of this wonderful charity to ensure that Malcolm’s name lives on in our hearts and also in the hearts of others
My dad was, and continues to be, my hero and role model. The worst thing imaginably has hapenned, but at the very least we can do some good in his name.
I want to be on the committee to support Ros, Ben and Lia in building something positive out of this tragedy and to keep Malcolm’s name and memory alive through the foundation.
Every journey I have taken with Malcolm was notable. I want every initiative undertaken in his name to be just as memorable.
Mal always made me laugh. He was such good company and would do anything for people he cared for. I’m privileged to have known him.
Malcolm will always be a part of my life, and in his own words, ‘a top geezer'.