We would like to express to the Sunrise appeal our utmost thanks for its help with funding our new laboratory instrument in pathology. We are now able to offer BRAF mutation analysis at RCHT in Cornwall for patients with spread of malignant melanoma (skin cancer). Our first patient has now been tested and the oncologist received the report within 2 hours of the pathologist requesting testing. This now allows Cornish patients to start the correct cancer treatment for this type of skin cancer within days of having their samples taken. The previous method of testing at a distant hospital would have incurred a minimum wait of 10 days for this result. With the help of the Sunrise appeal we are now offering a superior service to local patients. We are the first site in the UK to offer this rapid service.