It is with huge sadness that we announce the passing of Jan Buchanan.

Jan had very recently stepped down from the committee of MDS UK Patient Support Group.

Regrettably, shortly after, and just before Christmas, she suffered a brain haemorrhage from which she did not recover.

Jan Buchanan

An inspired fundraiser, always positive and engaging

Jan was an energetic and determined businesswoman. She had an eye for detail and had quite a reputation for researching her topics. Recently, she had been a source of inspiration as part of our fundraising team and had been a supporter for a good few years.

Jan represented MDS UK at events in Parliament and took an active interest in MDS Patients. She was acutely aware that MDS was, and remains, a hidden illness, largely out of the public eye and was keen to raise awareness as a priority.

A great many people who have met Jan were struck by her positive attitude and desire to improve the lives of those around her. She was one of those people that you always wanted on your team to forge forward, where problems were just solutions in waiting.

Jan was an entertaining, engaging and confident individual who a great many people will miss and was taken from us far too soon.

She leaves a husband, Peter, for whom such a tragic and unexpected passing will leave a huge gap and we wish him our most sincere condolences and help where we can.

We hope that Jan will figure in everyone’s memories and her positive nature will live on.

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