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


Mr Sam Orkar

Mr Samuel Orkar is a skin cancer expert and consultant plastic surgeon, practising in the NHS and private hospitals in Kent, Sussex and Surrey. Mr Orkar is the Lead Clinician and Head of the Melanoma and Skin Cancer Unit (MASCU) at the Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead, he is on the GMC specialist register and is a full member of BAPRAS and BAAPS.

Professor Martin Gore

Professor Martin Gore is the medical director of The Royal Marsden and professor of cancer medicine at The Institute of Cancer Research. He qualified in medicine at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London, and spent time in general practice before training in general internal medicine at University College Hospital, London. He joined the Ludwig Institute of Cancer Research in 1981 where he worked as a clinical scientist and was awarded a PhD for his work on breast cancer.


Julia Bradbury

The TV Presenter and all round outdoor enthusiast is proud to support us and is fully behind our ‘Outdoors Kids’ campaign.  Best known for her outdoor programmes, Julia is all too familiar with the ‘elements’.  Says Julia, “With a young child and a love of the outdoors, I am always mindful of the challenges of learning how best to be protected from the harmful effects of the sun while still enjoying a healthy outdoor lifestyle. This activity will help spread the word on how best to protect children and young adults, and I am looking forward to actively supporting the ‘Outdoor Kids’ campaign in 2014!”

Martin Johnson

Martin Johnson CBE, captain, England Rugby World Cup winners 2003 and British Lions 1997 and 2001 has a message: “The sooner we can find a cure for this terrible cancer that is affecting increasing numbers of sportsmen and women, the better”. This very quote inspired our ‘Outdoor Kids’ Campaign to do exactly that, by raising awareness in young active, people. Thank you Martin!

Alan Titchmarsh

Alan Titchmarsh is a former colleague of Harry Townsend when he was the assistant curator at Kew in London.  Alan very kindly wrote the foreword to Harry’s book ‘The Slowest Pilgrim’; the story of his fundraising walk along the Pilgrim Trail to Santiago de Compostela and we are delighted to say, supports melanoma research.

Paula Radcliffe

Paula Radcliffe MBE Gold medalist World Marathon Championships 2005, World Half Marathon 2000, 2001 and 2003, World Cross Country Championships 2001 and 2002, World 10,000m 2002 and Commonwealth 5000m 2002 and BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2002 wholeheartedly supports our efforts. Paula says: “If you’ve got a mole anywhere that’s changing in any way, get it checked out at once. Don’t put it off, melanoma kills”. We couldn’t agree more Paula!


Leeds United FC

In 2005, Bruce Craven, Sports Therapist at Leeds United FC and former conditioner for Leeds Tykes RUFC and a trainer with Castleford Rugby League team, died from Melanoma. Following this, the support from his colleagues was enormous and is still on-going.  From wearing our green ribbon badges on their tracksuits for their match at Millwall to getting special permission from FIFA for the green ribbon badges to be printed onto their shirts for their final match of the 2004-5 season: a unique gesture of support. We currently receive donations from the sale of autographed merchandise on a regular basis.

Haskins Garden Centres

Haskins has been helping gardens all over the south of England to bloom since 1882. Still a family owned business, they now have four centres across the region.  We are delighted to say that Haskins have supported our work right from the start, even organising fund raising events by their staff.  We are still working with them, notably as part of Melanoma Awareness Week at Harry’s Vegetable Hero’s event.For more information, visit


Royal Tunbridge Wells Skin & Laser Clinic

The Royal Tunbridge Wells Skin & Laser Clinic has recently taken us on as their charity of choice. Founded in 2005, the clinic has since helped thousands of clients improve their confidence and well-being.  As well as aesthetic procedures, the clinic also specialies in treating skin conditions such as psoriasis  vitiligo and also carries out laser mole scanning and removal. We will be working with them to promote awareness of melanoma and also to reach as many people as possible with pop-up mole clinics. For further information visit:


WildWiki is a brand new website, due to be launched in June 2013, and is the place to go for all things ‘outdoor’. Wildwiki will be supporting our ‘Outdoor Kids’ Campaign as we build activity into 2014.


Mumsnet is a British website for parents, hosting discussion forums where parents give and receive peer-to-peer parenting support and discuss a range of other topics. We are hugely grateful to be their ‘Guest Campaign’  to tie in with Melanoma Awareness Week. Mumsnet have over 40,000 members and we look forward to keeping them informed on how best to make sure that their children have fun in the sun while staying protected from the harmful effects of the sun.

Thompson & Morgan

Thompson & Morgan have been avid supporters from the very start.  They produce branded packets of seeds including the Myfanwy Townsend Sweet Pea and the sunflower ‘The Darker Side of the Sun’ which we retail for £1 per packet. Visit


Founded in 1986, Mediacom is ranked as one of the largest strategic planning and buying agency networks in the world.David Flowerdew is the Managing Director and was instrumental in organising a major fundraising event featuring the late, great, Henry Cooper.

Swim for Tri

Swim for Tri  support us by organising charity open water swim races during their open water season. Based in London but now coaching across the UK, their swim technique and coaching concept was founded by brother and sister team, Dan and Keeley Bullock.  We are delighted to have them behind us.



Each day it is estimated that 50% of UV (Ultraviolet) is delivered between 10am-3pm. This means outdoor workers and enthusiasts are the biggest victims of the sun and should regularly check their skin and apply cream for protection. Sunsibility provides a range of clothing with SPF 50 helping to protect your skin against 97.5% of UV rays.