In September, Caring Matters Now went out on the road again to continue to raise awareness of Congenital Melanocytic Naevi (CMN). This time, we travelled to Harrogate, in North Yorkshire, to exhibit as part of the British Dermatological Nursing Group (BDNG) Conference 2023.
Despite having one of the smallest stands in comparison to the pharmaceutical companies, we were proud to have such a huge impact on the event. The CMN portraits took centre stage in the entrance foyer, wowing hundreds of delegates each time they entered the exhibition hall in between seminar sessions, describing them as ‘beautiful’, ‘brave’ and ‘inspiring’.
Lisa, along with volunteer members, Rebecca, and Helen, proudly represented at the Caring Matters Now stand. We were centrally situated within the Patient Support Hub, alongside other charities including Alopecia UK and Ichthyosis Support Group, which also provided an invaluable opportunity to share ideas on fundraising and ways to support our members.
Over the two day conference, we had the opportunity to speak with many nursing professionals, some of whom had encountered CMN before, but many who hadn’t. It was a pleasure to answer their questions, share the aims of the charity and guidance on how to put people in touch with Caring Matters Now if they meet a patient with CMN in the future.
Sharing personal stories of our own connections with CMN was very impactful and helped to bring the condition to life with delegates who had never seen or heard of CMN before. After meaningful conversations, many nurses wanted to receive further information about the work of the charity and some even purchased the ‘How Do You C Me Now’ book on the spot!
It was an honour to represent Caring Matters Now and raise awareness of the condition on behalf of all members. We look forward to taking the famous portraits back out on the road again soon!