Watch Your Back! Keeping all gardeners safe under the sun - for more information, click here...    Leeds United supporters have recently raised £313.00 in donations from the sale of memory of Bruce Craven. THANK YOU!    Angie Newman & Julian Marks who raised £567.00 from stalls at various fairs and festivals around Richmond this summer    to Irene and Bill Kershaw of Haddenham for their kind donation in memory of their beloved son Alan

The Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research fund

Tackling Rising Rates of Melanoma

Fundraiser Activity

Over the years, we have be amazed and delighted with the support we have been given.  Harry has duly noted everybody who has contributed from the start and although it is impossible to mention all these people here, we have a link where you can read all about them.  Visit Past Donations

Here are a few of the recent and current challenges which we hope will inspire you to emulate or support:

Neil Sands

Neil Sands

Neil is a criminal lawyer from North Kesteven, Lincolnshire.  His cousin, Sally Mitchell, died at 44 of melanoma 2011 and just weeks before her death he completed a 109 mile sponsored ride through Surrey and Sussex raising £850 for The Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund. Following on from this, in June 2012 Neil rode 109 miles from London to Paris  in 7 hours to raise money for us and did us proud.

Says Neil “I completed 300 miles in 4 days which was the longest ride that I had ever done and certainly the hardest physical challenge that I had ever attempted! On the day it rained all afternoon, and riding in the rain for a 50 mile stint is one of the most miserable things I have ever done! However, I did it, and the feeling of riding my bike, that I had got to Paris totally under my own steam was amazing. Riding through the centre of Paris was something I will never, ever forget”.

New Challenge: In 2013 Neil is raising the bar!  Along with 149 other people Neil is riding 350 miles across Brussels! Says Neil “I raised about £750 for my Paris trip and so this year I have aimed to double that figure, and I am very nearly there already!” Inspired? Please help Neil and donate at

Leeds UFC – Channel Row

Leeds rowersA crack team of 6 of are rowing the English Channel in both directions on 8th June 2014, hoping to raise awareness and much needed funds for the Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund.

The team is made up of Campbell Watt,(Sports Massage Therapist), Chris Short,(Conditioning Coach,Ex Sheffield Utd, Notts County),Harvey Sharman,(LUFC Head Physiotherapist), Craig Short,(Head of Recruitment Derby County ex Everton, Blackburn Rovers), Danny Mills,(Ex England, Man City, Boro and LUFC), and LUFC’s Jamie Ashdown.

The event has been inspired by the memory of one the clubs previous conditioning coaches, Bruce Craven who died tragically after a brief but courageous fight against this indiscriminate disease. Bruce was an all round athlete and an accomplished cricketer, javelin thrower and rugby player representing Leeds Tykes. Bruce was an extremely fit man up to the time of diagnosis, so If this could happen to Bruce it could happen to anyone.

Please make any donation to help the charity raise awareness and donate towards funding research into finding a cure. Visit

Michiel Hoefsmit

MH4Why all this fundraising? Why all this running? “I love the sun. I love heat over cold. Some of my running friends disagree and prefer cold or rain. I know this man who goes to the North Pole to run as he likes snow. I know this woman who prefers to run in the rain. I prefer to run in the heat and the sun. However, as the link to melanoma fund will show, there is a darker side of the sun. This has to do with the where the sun will give us the relevant vitamins, it can also bring out cancer.

So why did I choose melanoma? It is because my girlfriend’s brother died of melanoma. so it’s close to home.  The Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund is a small charity run by Harry Townsend who lost his wife to Melanoma in 2009, so for him it is close to home as well.”

A Recent Challenge:  Michiel  took part in The Marathon des Sables in April 2013 and supported the Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund. Inspired?  Read Michiel’s blog at  Donate at

Swim for Tri


Every year, Keeley and Dan Bullock organise the Open Water swimming championships at Lakeside in Essex.  For last three years they have made us their nominated charity.



Jane Ward

Jane Ward I mentioned: she has a chemist shop in Crawley, works for Surrey NHS, has raised more than £6,000 in memory of her husband and lends active support

 Cheryl Muggeridge