The Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund

Tackling Rising Rates of Melanoma

The Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund is committed to supporting research and education into the prevention, causes and cure of melanoma. Further to this, the charity is delighted to announce a recent donation £40,000 to melanoma research, supporting the brilliant work of The Blond McIndoe Research Foundation and The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust in order for them to complete vital research.

Please find the following details of where this money will be spent:

The Blond McIndoe Research Foundation


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Dr James Larkin is a Consultant Medical Oncologist at The Royal Marsden specialising in the treatment of advanced melanoma, the most aggressive form of skin cancer.

Over the past few years Dr Larkin and his team have been responsible for some of the biggest breakthroughs in the treatment of the disease seen in the past three decades.


Dr Larkin was also involved with the trials which demonstrated that the immunotherapy agent ipilimuab improves the survival of patients and in some patients the impact is long term. It was the first drug that harnesses the power of the immune system to demonstrate a survival benefit effect in randomised trials.

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The British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) is currently considering putting together a Skin Cancer Memorial campaign and the Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund has been invited to a round table meeting with the other charities to discuss potential ideas. Says Johnathon Major, the Campaigns Officer at BAD:

“As many of you will be aware, skin cancer rates in the UK are rising faster than any other form of cancer, having quadrupled in the past thirty years. Every day 35 people in Britain are diagnosed with the disease, two of which being young people aged between 15-34. Whilst organisations such as the BAD are leading the fight in prevention and treatment, skin cancer is still proving to be fatal; 6 people in the UK die every day from the disease.

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Blond McIndoe Research Foundation ‘melanoma research’ update by Yella Martin.

The Blond McIndoe Research Foundation has over 50 years experience in research for the benefit of patients. Together with the Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund, we have set up an exciting research collaboration, which sees scientist at the Blond McIndoe Research Foundation working together with the clinicians at the Melanoma and Skin Cancer Unit at Queen Victoria Hospital and scientists at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School.

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The Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund is a small but passionate charity, dedicated to raising awareness and funding research to help find a cure.  We believe that, with help of our loyal and adventurous supporters we can achieve amazing things, and help beat this most deadly form of skin cancer.

The Bacchus Half Marathon

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As you may know, we love a good challenge here. Inspired by our founder, Harry Townsend’s incredible adventures, we have decided for the first time to raise funds by generating a team of supporters to take part in the Bacchus Half Marathon.

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We have been very busy in the lead up to Christmas, planning our Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code which is due to launch next Spring. We have a brand new logo and have been delighted with the unprecedented support we have had from outdoor organisations, sports professionals and  the governing bodies of sport in the UK.


This is a campaign that has really captured the imagination and we are 100% committed to ensuring that children in the UK benefit from the effects of this in the years to come.

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