The Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund

Tackling Rising Rates of Melanoma

We all know how rare is it when something lives up to high expectations – however for a team of runners yesterday, an event did just that. The Rose Hillians took part in the Bacchus Half Marathon in glorious, warm sunshine and without exception; I have it on fine authority that everyone enjoyed every single step!

The team, consisting of parents, teachers, their friends and family, were a pretty mixed bunch, a variety of abilities, ages and experience in running long distances. The one thing we all did share was our determination to finish, raise some funds for charity (the Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund) and have a jolly good time in the process.

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By Nigel Smith

I finally arrive in Hell!

During an idle conversation with my very good friend Robin Seymour, he casually mentions that on his ‘bucket list’ is a gentle ride on the Harley to the top of Norway to visit Nordkapp, making the most of the 24 hour daylight during summer. This seemed like a good idea, so inspired, I sign up to the trip along with some other Harley riders.

After committing Robin tells me it’s not the gentle ‘bimble’ I am imagining, but a full on ‘endurance ride’ covering 5000 miles in only ten days (ask any motorcyclist and they would probably tell you that’s quite a ride.) I comfort myself positioning it in my head as an ‘epic adventure’ and the chance to hopefully raise a few pounds for a worthwhile cause.

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Melanoma is the fastest rising cancer in the UK. A study released today by Public Health England states that hospital admission for the treatment this most deadly type of skin cancer have risen by 30 per cent in the last 5 years.

To tackle this problem at source, this year the Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund set up the Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code, joining forces with TV Presenter Julia Bradbury and partnering with the Association for Physical Education, sports coach UK and the Youth Sports Trust, to ensure that all who work outdoors with children keep them safe in the sun.

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Thanks to The Harley Medical Group for publishing this great blog on melanoma!


Melanoma is now the most common cancer in the UK amongst 15 to 34 year olds. More than 13,000 people develop the disease every year compared with around 1,800 in 1975. It’s rising faster than any other cancer, so why is it still our best kept secret?

It is a well-known fact that cigarettes, a poor diet, alcohol and stress can contribute to certain cancers, but- getting outside and enjoying the sunshine? The fact is that sunshine is good for us – in small doses: the danger comes from prolonged exposure.

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PrintSun Awareness Flyer

A new initiative is launching to ‘Blow the Whistle on Sunburn’; supported by Julia Bradbury and partnered with the Association for Physical Education (afPE), sports coach UK and the Youth Sports Trust

Going live on the 7th May, is a FREE resource bank designed to ensure that children who attend organised outdoor activities stay safe in the sun. The initiative was devised and is funded a small national charity, Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund, after recognising that no such guidelines exist for those who work outdoors with children.

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Catch up here with how Ashley Charlwood is getting on in the desert… currently competing in the epic race that is Marathon des Sables… doing it for melanoma! The following posts are relayed through Ash’s wife, Michaela…

Ash’s first day – progress report

Hi, Michaela here relaying Ash’s progress report from the first day of his Marathon des Sable. Be aware that he is only allowed to send one email a day, and that email has a 1000 character limit! He is however allowed to receive emails via the official MdS website, and I’m sure he’d appreciate your encouragement, so please feel free to write to him.

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