The Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund

Tackling Rising Rates of Melanoma

Our Supporters

We are lucky to have the support of individuals and organisations who help us in a variety of ways, from endorsing our campaigns, providing their expert knowledge, their services for free, to giving their time at our events or in the media.


Mr Sam Orkar

Mr Samuel Orkar is a skin cancer expert, consultant plastic surgeon and the Lead Clinician and Head of the MASCU (Melanoma and Skin Cancer Unit) at Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead. Sam supports our work by providing his expert advice and his time at our free skin check clinics.

Professor Martin Gore

Professor Martin Gore is the medical director of The Royal Marsden and professor of cancer medicine at The Institute of Cancer Research. We are proud to have him as part of our esteemed list of medical supporters.

Paula Radcliffe

Paula Radcliffe MBE Gold medalist World Marathon Championships 2005, World Half Marathon 2000, 2001 and 2003, World Cross Country Championships 2001 and 2002, World 10,000m 2002 and Commonwealth 5000m 2002 and BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2002 wholeheartedly supports our efforts. Paula says: “If you’ve got a mole anywhere that’s changing in any way, get it checked out immediately!”. We couldn’t agree more Paula!

Alan Titchmarsh

Alan Titchmarsh is a former colleague of Harry Townsend when he was the Assistant Curator at Kew in London. Alan wrote the foreword to Harry’s book ‘The Slowest Pilgrim’; the story of his fundraising walk along the Pilgrim Trail. Alan supports the charity’s mission and provides his endorsement to our Watch Your Back! and Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code campaigns.

Martin Johnson

Martin Johnson CBE, captain, England Rugby World Cup winners 2003 and British Lions 1997 and 2001 has a message: “The sooner we can find a cure for this terrible cancer that is affecting increasing numbers of sportsmen and women, the better”. This very quote inspired the Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code to do exactly that, by encouraging outdoor activity leaders to sun protect the children in their care. Thank you Martin!


Queen Victoria Hospital

​The team from the Melanoma and Skin Cancer Unit (MASCU) has been the key to the success of our Watch Your Back! campaign this year. Mr Siva Kumar and the team have attended events, featured in our videos and have provided marketing support, allowing us to generate greater awareness. Our aim is to create even more exciting opportunities in the future.

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Swim for Tri

Swim for Tri support us by organising charity open water swim races during their open water season. Based in London but now coaching across the UK, their swim technique and coaching concept was founded by brother and sister team, Dan and Keeley Bullock. We are delighted to have them behind us.

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Haskins Garden Centres

Haskins has been helping gardens all over the south of England to bloom since 1882. Still a family owned business, they now have four centres across the region. We are delighted to say that Haskins have supported our work right from the start, even organising fund raising events by their staff. We are still working with them, notably as part of our Watch Your Back! campaign.

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Leeds United FC

In 2005, Bruce Craven, Sports Therapist at Leeds United FC and former conditioner for Leeds Tykes RUFC and a trainer with Castleford Rugby League team, died from Melanoma. Following this, the support from his colleagues was enormous and is still on-going, with regular donations made from the sale of signed merchandise.

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Lions International

Every Lions Club supports a range of good causes and projects in their respective community and we are proud to say we have been working with the Bexhill and East Grinstead Lions in 2017 to support two of our local skin check clinics.

They are a fantastic organisation and the groups we work with are professional and helpful. We hope to continue our association and do bigger things in 2018!

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The Garden Centre Association

Many of the UK’s leading garden centres belong to the Garden Centre Association and it is through our association with them that we have been able to roll our Watch Your Back! campaign to over 180 major outlets in 2017. We intend to ‘grow’ our partnership and help create more impact on the gardening community in 2018.

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​Martell’s is an East Grinstead based business, owned by Roger and Margaret Martell who are long-term friends of Harry Townsend. When approaching them with a request to help store campaign items, they immediately obliged, providing us with storage space free of charge. This support has helped enormously, enabling us to grow the scope of our campaign work and create more impact. A special thanks to Carol and her team.

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Easistore – Tunbridge Wells

​Support from the local community is the backbone of nearly every charity, and we are delighted to be supported by Easistore in Tunbridge Wells. During the summer they provided us with three months of free storage for our campaign materials in Tunbridge Wells, which meant we didn’t have to spend vital funds outside our direct mission. Thank you to Nigel and all the team!

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