When Myfanwy Townsend (or Miff, as everybody knew her) died from melanoma in 1999, her family set up the Melanoma Fund (Formerly known as the Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund) to help prevent this terrible loss happening to others.
Since then, fuelled by the driving force that is Myfanwy’s husband Harry Townsend, the charity has gone on (to date) to raise over £600,000 in donations, from the charity’s loyal supporters and from his own incredible endeavours.
Raising awareness of melanoma via targeted media campaigns and events
Funding the research of some of the best scientific resources in the country, with the aim of finding a cure
Making diagnosis more readily available by working with our partners at free pop-up mole check clinics and encouraging people to check their moles and act rapidly
Educating on diagnostic signs and everyday precautions
We understand that research into melanoma is taking place worldwide, but as always progress is constrained by lack of money. Today, melanoma is one of the most rapidly increasing forms of cancer in the world. The incidence in the UK has risen by 143% in 18 years, and there is a comparable increase throughout the world, yet still, far too little is known about the disease. In the 1930’s melanoma affected 1 in 1,500: now it affects 1 in 50.
Everybody reading this will know of someone who has been in contact with melanoma, and will understand the need to find a cure. We can’t do it alone. Ideally, we would like people feel involved; to organise fundraisers or to sponsor the various challenges that are currently being undertaken by our fundraisers. Or simply educate yourself the fact, act responsibly and share the knowledge.
When it comes to beating melanoma, every fact shared and penny donated counts!