Yasemin's legacy lives on after her death

Yasemin Thompson with her husband David and daughter Yeliz. They are pictured on the pitch at Everton football stadium, with David in the middle, Yasemin on the right and Yelik on the left.

Published on 7 September 2021

A mum who hoped to mark her 50th birthday by raising £20,000 for research into her rare form of cancer has died.

Yasemin Thompson passed away shortly after her birthday, having raised almost half of her goal for OcuMel UK, a charity funding research into eye cancer choroidal melanoma.

She leaves her husband David and daughter Yeliz, who have left her online fundraising page open as her legacy.

Yasemin, who lived in Canterbury and worked at the Kent and Canterbury Hospital, described her life as “truly vibrant and blessed”. She said raising money for research was a way to say thank you to those who had cared for her, and to leave a legacy that would help people in the future overcome the disease.

David said: “Yasemin had a huge appetite for life and was well loved by the many she came in contact with.

“I have been so lucky to share part of my life with her and have many treasured memories of our time together at home and whilst travelling around the world vacationing and watching football and international sports events.

“She was strong and brave and will be deeply missed.”

Yasemin started in the outpatient booking office at the Kent and Canterbury Hospital in 2013, becoming senior training co-ordinator before joining the Head and Neck care group as partial booking co-ordinator for ophthalmology in October last year.

She was diagnosed with choroidal melanoma in 2012 and it was successfully treated, but in January a routine check-up revealed it had spread to her liver.

Nicola Lindsey, acting general manager for dermatology and ophthalmology, said: “Yasemin was full of enthusiasm and passionate about making improvements.

“She created “how to” guides as she learnt and she willingly shared her knowledge and coached others.  

“Yasemin wasn’t afraid of putting herself forward and asking how we can make things work better for the patients.

“She was well known for her kindness, her work ethic and her positivity. Yasemin will be greatly missed by her colleagues in the Trust but particularly in ophthalmology and outpatients.”

Outside work, Yasemin was a keen cook and enjoyed hosting people at her home or for social events, particularly at Canterbury Rugby Club. She loved to travel and had worked in the airline industry for British Airways and Royal Jordanian before joining the NHS.

To donate in Yasemin’s memory visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/yasemins-legacy