Burford Golf Club supports the Melanoma Fund

01 Jan 2021  |   Michelle Baker

The ladies of Burford Golf Club attended Lady President’s Day on Tuesday, a great event organised by Jan Hussey. Although the sun really didn’t shine – and at times it was a little cold and windy – spirits were high and the welcome was warm, with the Melanoma Fund attending to raise awareness of skin cancer to members.

Jan chose the Melanoma Fund as her charity for the day, and welcomed Michelle Baker to visit the club to talk to the guests about skin cancer, the Slip! Slap! Swing! sun protection campaign for golf, and why skin checking is so important for all, especially golfers.

Michelle came armed with sunscreen, UV reactive bands, and advice on skincare, explaining exactly why golfers are vulnerable to skin cancer, mainly due to spending many hours out of doors on reflective surfaces, and not being vigilant with the sunscreen!  It was made clear to many that you don’t need to be a sun worshipper to be at risk – standing up playing is similar to laying down baking.

With over 80% attending admitting they have been touched by skin cancer, from BCC to melanoma, those present were astonishingly generous, and as a result, the Melanoma Fund will benefit from more than £1,200 raised from donations and raffle tickets.

Everyone from the charity would like to thank this great club and its members for their generosity – it was a lovely day and one which hopefully created a bit more awareness around sun protection and skin checking.

Getting the club accredited

To add the cherry on the cake, the general manager Guy Stacey was so impressed, he decided to sign the club up as Sun Protection Accredited to the Slip! Slap! Swing! campaign, joining over 500 clubs that wear the badge with pride. A fantastic result to end an enjoyable and beneficial visit to the beautiful Cotswolds.