The Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund

Tackling Rising Rates of Melanoma

A Pop-Up Mole Clinic Comes to Tunbridge Wells!

On a delightfully warm and sunny Sunday, we had the pleasure of attending a very special Pop-Up Mole Clinic in the rather splendid Abervagenny Room in The Tunbridge Wells Hotel, set in the town’s historic Pantiles.

Paul Banwell and his team!
Paul Banwell and his team!

The event was organised by us, Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund and operated by a full team of experts, headed up by the charity’s medical ambassador. Paul Banwell. From 10.00am until 3.00pm, the team saw over 100 people through the doors who were treated to a spot check, tailored sun advice and a recommended action plan, if required.

Harry Townsend, Paul Banwell and Michelle Baker
Harry Townsend, Paul Banwell and Michelle Baker

Said one of the visitors,  John Beasley from Tunbridge Wells, “I was booked in by my wife as she is very aware that as a builder I have spent a lot of time working outdoors.  A mark on my leg turned out to be fine, which is great for my peace of mind, and my wife’s.”

All attending were given goodies from Australian sun care brand, Sunsense, UV reactive wrist bands (which prompt sun protection application) and information about the work the charity carries out throughout the year.

Charity founder Harry Townsend with Paul Banwell
Charity founder Harry Townsend with Paul Banwell


The clinic was also attended by the charity’s founder, Harry Townsend who was delighted with the large turnout; “To have so many people attending is clearly a sign that the message about early detection is getting through. We intend to carry out helping to raise awareness until everyone understands the importance of checking their skin for changes”.

After a busy day, which saw the team making 6 referrals for suspect moles, Paul Banwell had this to say;  “This is a great charity and one which I am proud to be involved with. Myself and the team were delighted to help raise awareness of melanoma by promoting early detection and seeing as many people as possible today.  With results like this, it is makes our work so rewarding and worthwhile”.

If you would like to find out about how the Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund raises awareness and helps fund research, why not follow us on Facebook or join us on Twitter? Fighting melanoma every step of the way.

A SPECIAL THANKS TO…  Paul Banwell and his team for giving up their Sunday, Michal Hrusc at The Tunbridge Wells Hotel for offering the beautiful Abervagenny Room free of charge and the girls at the designer dress agency Love Is Boutique for lending us their rails to section off the room.


  • I brought my mum along because I was worried about a mole on her she was given the quickest look I have ever known and received No samples of anything. I understand what you are doing by raising awareness but I did feel a little let down at the clinic. I was expecting a little more time and care.

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