The Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund

Tackling Rising Rates of Melanoma

On a hot and sunny morning, the team from the Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund set off to Bexhill-on -sea to attend Be Active 2017, a community event run by Active Rother. The charity was in attendance to promote its Watch Your Back! campaign, supported this year by over 180 garden centres and endorsed by 7 of the best known gardeners in the UK.

Three organisations working together to create impact on melanoma


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The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recently issued a positive recommendation for the combination of Ipililumab and Nivolumab for the treatment of advanced metastatic melanoma in adults. Whilst awaiting implementation by NICE, the combination was granted interim funding through the new Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF).
It came as a great surprise to us when we recently learned that NHS England has restricted the circumstances in which the drugs would be funded and available to patients on the CDF, through the implementation of a new set of criteria.

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“I think you can do it!” With these words in 2010, Harry Townsend, founder of the Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund encouraged us to develop a melanoma research project at the Blond McIndoe Research Foundation. With a generous donation of £ 25,000, we were off to a very good start.
Since then, we have formed a strong multi-disciplinary research group, which consists of clinicians at the Melanoma and Skin Cancer Unit at Queen Victoria Hospital, Professor Sarah Newbury’s laboratory at Brighton and Sussex Medical School and our team at the Blond McIndoe Research Foundation.

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The Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund was out in force again this summer, promoting the Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code at GoFest; a family festival dedicated to all those who love sport, music, dance and health.
The festival, brainchild of Paul Farris, was held at the Surrey Sports Park in Guildford on the 13th/4th August, attracting ‘have a go’ families with the opportunity to receive family friendly, professional coaching in over 40 different sports, ranging from football to archery, wallball to canoeing, tournaments, runs and races, cricket to marathon running!

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If you’re planning a visit to GoFest this weekend, it appears you can leave the umbrellas at home, with the prediction of a hot and sunny weekend ahead!  Although this is good news for all those attending this exciting family festival, themed around sport, music, dance and fitness, the organisers are keen to ensure that everyone arrives adequately sun prepared and stays sun protected.
Although many of us are aware of the dangers of too much sun, we still underestimate the strength of the sun in the UK, limiting regular sunscreen application to hot holidays abroad.  In fact, it’s in the UK that most of us get sunburn, for this very reason.  The riskiest days are those that start off cloudy and end up sunny, causing us to forget to pack sunscreen or apply it when the sun pops out.

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The Association for Physical Education (afPE) held its National Conference 2016 on the 5th and 6th July at St George’s Park in Staffordshire, home of the England Football Association.  The event was attended by over 200 PE teachers and coaches, all of whom were there to network, learn about developments in the sector and help the afPE celebrate its tenth anniversary.

Michelle Baker from The Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund attended the event to showcase the Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code; the UK’s only free downloadable sun protection scheme, design exclusively for those who work outdoors with children, to a very targeted audience.

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