The Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund

Tackling Rising Rates of Melanoma

The LUFC Channel Row Team will be rowing the English Channel from Nuiport, Belgium to Ramsgate a distance of 54 miles on 8th June 2014, hoping to raise awareness and much needed funds for the Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Cancer Research Fund. They are hoping to complete the crossing in under 15 hours.

The team is made up of: Harvey Sharman (LUFC’s Head Physiotherapist), Rob Hulse (Ex LUFC fans favourite) Richie Cresswell (Ex fans favourite), Chris Short (Ex Sheffield United  & current Head Conditioning Coach Bolton Wanderers), Campbell Watt (Sports Massage Therapist), Giles Chalk, (Ex Oxford Rowing Team) and Cox, Lynne-Marie Welch.

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On a delightfully warm and sunny Sunday, we had the pleasure of attending a very special Pop-Up Mole Clinic in the rather splendid Abervagenny Room in The Tunbridge Wells Hotel, set in the town’s historic Pantiles.

Paul Banwell and his team!
Paul Banwell and his team!

The event was organised by us, Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund and operated by a full team of experts, headed up by the charity’s medical ambassador. Paul Banwell. From 10.00am until 3.00pm, the team saw over 100 people through the doors who were treated to a spot check, tailored sun advice and a recommended action plan, if required.

Harry Townsend, Paul Banwell and Michelle Baker
Harry Townsend, Paul Banwell and Michelle Baker

Said one of the visitors,  John Beasley from Tunbridge Wells, “I was booked in by my wife as she is very aware that as a builder I have spent a lot of time working outdoors.  A mark on my leg turned out to be fine, which is great for my peace of mind, and my wife’s.”

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Here at the Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund, as well as raising funds to find a cure for melanoma, our mission is to raise awareness of sun protection.  Further to this, we have been busy getting out and about, talking to local school children on the subject of sun safety.  Today we were at St Leonards, Mayfield where our medical ambassador Paul Banwell presented to their Year 8 girls.

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The girls were celebrating World Book Day so as you can see, we had the honour of being greeted with a very colourful and creatively dressed audience!

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Research update from the Blond McIndoe Research Foundation Feb 2014

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“Patient recruitment is finished and experiments are underway now”

Scientists at the Blond McIndoe Research Foundation have been working together with Mr. Paul Banwell and his team at the Melanoma and Skin Cancer Unit at Queen Victoria Hospital and with Dr. Sarah Newbury at Brighton and Sussex Medical School on a new way to diagnose melanoma.  Dr. Sarah Smalley, postdoctoral fellow at Blond McIndoe Research Foundation, started her post in October 2013.

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Julia Bradbury
“If melanoma is found early it can be cured, however if it has already spread to other parts of your body, it is harder to treat, so early detection is vital.”
Julia Bradbury

Almost 13,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with melanoma each year. Sadly this is the commonest cancer in young people. Unfortunately, melanoma also kills 2,200 a year, accounting for four in five skin cancer deaths and this number has quadrupled in 30 years, due in part to binge tanning on holidays and use of sunbeds.

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Hello to you all. We hope you are refreshed after the Christmas break and that 2014 has started well. We have recently been hearing from lots of you with the various events and challenges you have been doing and have planned this year, on behalf of the charity.

To inspire you we would like to share these updates with you. From cake baking to selling signed kit to riding across Norway on a Harley Davidson, the fantastic effort and thought is very appreciated and as such we would like to thank each an every one choosing us as their charity of choice.

The supporters of Leeds United Football Club have donated a further £265.00 from the sale of signed merchandise. Thanks to the management team for their continued support.

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