The Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund

Tackling Rising Rates of Melanoma

Why plan an adventure? Because who knows where it might lead.

“You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.” Rabindranath Tagore

If there’s an adventure bubbling away inside of you, why not enrich the experience and turn it into a fundraising challenge?  If you think that may be too complicated or time consuming think again. If you plan on supporting the Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund, we can in turn, support you, ensuring that your efforts are optimised and your goals are achieved.

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By Ashley Charlwood

Ashley Charlwood running

Being moved by an event can have a positive or negative impact on what you do next. It’s your choice. It’s important for you to do something though.

Personally, I’ve been affected by cancer too much. I have watched people I love and respect fighting a disease that just doesn’t give up. I have strong memories that haunt me from the illness, usually take second place to really fantastic memories. Sadly the positive things I can’t show my children and others and that’s painful.

Actions speak louder than words and right now my actions are getting darker and harder as I train early in the morning towards the start line of Marathon des Sables in April 2014. I have aches and pains, I doubt and worry.

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I am delighted to announce that we attended a collaboration meeting at the London offices of Cancer Research UK last week.  this was a fantastic opportunity to exchange views and information on our forthcoming campaigns and activities and also to fully understand what everyone else  is up to.

We heard from Skcin about their Sun Safe Schools accreditation and how they plan to build on the success of 2013.  We learnt that there are definitely some synergies with our own 2014 plans, and we look forward to sharing best practice with them as a result of this.

Melanoma Focus updated us on their plans and suggested a ‘parasol’ group of like-minded melanoma charities, certainly something we could consider and will be looking into.

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An unlikely but ‘oarsome’ 8 strong team have got together all in the name of charity – namely this one!

The Leeds United Channel Row Team have been joined by the latest team members, Leeds United Managing Director David Haigh and coxswain, Francesca MacDuff-Varley to row the Channel (from Dunkirk to Ramsgate) on the June 8 2014, in a 46 mile challenge which will take around 6 hours.

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L-R: Harvey Sharman, Chris Short, Francesca MacDuff-Varley, Jamie Ashdown, Campbell Watt with ‘Deborah’ their vehicle across the Channel

The aim will be to raise £20k to support the Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund, in memory of former Leeds United fitness coach, Bruce Craven who died in 2005 from melanoma.

To kick off their tough training schedule and provide a taste of things to come (some have never rowed before) the team hit the water at the weekend to find out exactly what they’ve let themselves in for! Mike Gilbert, who coached the session, prepared celebrities John Bishop, Davina McCall, Denise Lewis and Freddie Flintoff for their attempt to cross the Channel earlier this year for Sport Relief.


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Caroline Chapman and Jo Pope of Sunsafe visited the Isles of Scilly on the 16th July 2013 to run a free drop in mole check clinic. Organised in partnership with Healthwatch Isles of Scilly and the Council, the clinic took place at the Carn Gwaval Wellbeing Centre.

Further to this, and following our support for this activity, Caroline kindly wrote the following report for us:

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Our plane awaits!

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As part of Melanoma Awareness Week, join us at Haskins Garden Centre, East Grinstead for an out of the ordinary gardening weekend on 22 and 23 June 2013. Bring the kids and enjoy everything Haskins has to offer and lots more!


Our founder, Harry Townsend, worked as the Curator Kew Gardens and will be sharing his fantasy veggie garden ideas including: how to create a vegetable garden out of a pallet, grow veg in a lemonade bottle, or if you fancy a quick cuppa learn how grow your own tea!

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