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Hello All

After our website and brand launch last month and the accompanying tidal wave of news (as detailed our first newsletter) we can now report that things are moving on productively and at pace! As you may know our aim is to raise awareness, educate and fund research into finding a cure for melanoma and further to this we have been busy on every level of this mission.

Our expanded team has really enabled us to maximise every aspect of what we do and ensure that we have the tools in place to achieve our objectives. We have been delighted with the feedback from our supporters and followers and will continue to listen and respond and also promote all your hard work. Every minute spared and penny raised helps.

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Please do take the time to read our recent news; although we still have a long way to go, this is a journey that can only be made with your support; just by reading and sharing our news you are making a difference. Enjoy!

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Harry Townsend

Julia Bradbury at The Royal Marsden Hospital

On one of the sunniest days of the year we met up with outdoor enthusiast and television presenter Julia Bradbury at The Royal Marsden Hospital in Chelsea to film a video promoting the importance of having a regular mole check.

As Julia is a renowned outdoor person and self-confessed ‘moley person’ she was only too happy to have us film her mole check examination, and talk about the importance of a regular screening.

We would like to thank Julia, her sister Gina, and indeed all the team at the Royal Marsden, especially Louise Fearfield, consultant dermatologist at The Rapid Diagnostic and Assessment Centre, for help making this film possible. We will be launching this on our YouTube page shortly!

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Melanoma Task Force – supporting the delivery of melanoma care in the NHS

Melanoma Taskforce

In June we attended the latest Task Force meeting, at Portcullis House, Westminster; the group was set up by MP Sian James and is made up of clinical experts and patient groups including the Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund. The group aims to improve the delivery of melanoma care within the NHS.

They are currently launching a comprehensive commissioning Toolkit for healthcare professionals which will be accompanied by a survey to understand better the challenges faced in commissioning melanoma care and then a new website will be launched in the Autumn. It is our intention to remain involved with the Task Force and give support from a patient perspective.

Kids day out at Haskins

Harry Townsend presented ‘Fantasy Veggies’ at Haskins (Snow Hill) last month and due to its success, will be back there on the weekend of the 27th July.

If you’re looking for an educational but fun day out for the kids over the summer, why not join us for an ‘out of the ordinary’ gardening weekend? Harry will be sharing his fantasy veggie garden ideas including:
• How to create a vegetable garden out of a wooden pallet
• Grow veg in a lemonade bottle or a baked bean tin
• Or, if you fancy a quick cuppa, learn how ‘grow your own tea!’

And if that’s not enough food for thought there will also be a demonstration of planting a foot square vegetable garden. Talks will be at 11:30am, 1:00pm, 2:30pm and 4:00pm on both days. For further information visit www.haskins.co.uk.

Kids Day Out at Haskins

Catch us on eBay!

We are now registered as a charity on ebay UK and as such would be delighted if you could elect us as your charity of choice when selling or buying on-line. This is very easy and quick to set up; simply click here and either click the ‘save as favourite’, ‘donate now’ or ‘list an item’ button – your choice.

You can donate however much you like (every penny counts) or maybe use the site as a fundraising vehicle; auctioning off items in the name of the charity. Please let us know what you are doing and we will do our best to promote your auction!

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Charity Choice

If you have never visited charity choice.co.uk now is the time. This is a place where charities, donors, volunteers and fundraisers can come together to help the many charities in the UK in a variety of ways.

Through Charity Choice you can choose how you give and which charity you give to. So, whether you are looking to donate to us, volunteer your time or specialist skills, give away unwanted goods or leave a gift in your will, you are in the right place!

Please visit our new microsite at www.charitychoice.co.uk/melanomafund and click on the page to become a friend of the charity

Charity Choice

Ashley Charlwood is getting fit!

We are delighted to report that Ashley Charlwood will be entering into the race of all races; the Marathon des Sables next year and will be aiming to raise a whopping £10,000 for the charity.

Says Ashley "My aim is to run 250km across the Sahara in 6 days, carrying everything I need but water. This is known as the Marathon des Sables and is seen as "the toughest footrace on earth. Every penny I raise is going to Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund in memory of my friend Pete Bursnall”.

Ashley Charlwood

Apart from the Marathon des Sables, Ashley will be doing some other challenges in the lead up, so please stay up to date either on www.saltwatercureseverything.com or follow Ashley on twitter @ashleycharlwood. To donate, please visit www.justgiving.com/Ashley-Charlwood - and remember that sharing this page on Facebook and Twitter will really help raise awareness!

Mumsnet.com

We were delighted to be chosen by Mumsnet at their recent Guest Campaign of the Week. If you missed it, please visit www.mumsnet.com/campaigns/links-to-other-organisations. Our campaign message was endorsed by Julia Bradbury and our aim was to raise awareness on how to guard kids against prolonged exposure to the sun. Thanks to the mumsnet team for helping us raise awareness and get our message out there!

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Thanks to...

• Leeds United supporters for donating £255 from recent sales of signed memorabilia.

• To Cheryl Muggeridge for raising £450 at a recent fundraiser (and to her workplace for adding £200) bringing the total raised to £650.

• And finally to Phil Hickson who took part in the South Downs Challenge in May last year and raised £1,530.00. Phil works at Key Travel in Manchester and they recently matched this donation! Thank you very much and what a great message to all of you who are raising funds for us and other charities!

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