Heartbroken mum Jennifer Nicholson blames herself for not protecting her daughter Freja's fair skin and has warned other parents not to do the same.
She tells the Mirror:
“There isn’t a day that goes by when I don’t wish I could go back and just take five minutes to put suncream on her delicate young skin when I mistakenly thought there was no danger.
“No mother should see her child die. I cradled mine in my arms as she took her last breaths and with her a part of me died too.
“You never think it’ll be your child and you never think the sun in Britain could be fierce enough to kill, but Freja’s story is proof that it is.
“I feel I failed her. I could have stopped it. Don’t make the same mistake because you will never ever forgive yourself.”
Ms Nicholson said she covered Freja in suncream when the family had holidays abroad but was not as cautious at home.
Ms Nicholson told of how she noticed a small mole on Freja’s back had gone black and lumpy. Freja was taken into a doctor in 2012 but a biopsy revealed there was no cause for concern.
But two years later Ms Nicholson found a lump under Frejas arm. Biopsy results revealed melanoma cancer – the same kind you can get from skin damaged by the sun.
Freja had the tumour removed but the cancer returned and she finally lost her battle in November. She died at home surrounded by family and friends.
“If I’d known I would have had her covered from head to toe – even in the UK sun – but I never dreamt it could lead to cancer.”
To donate in Freja’s memory, visit: justgiving.com/Nicky-Smith14