The Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund

Tackling Rising Rates of Melanoma

Promoting Sun Safety in Schools

Here at the Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund, as well as raising funds to find a cure for melanoma, our mission is to raise awareness of sun protection.  Further to this, we have been busy getting out and about, talking to local school children on the subject of sun safety.  Today we were at St Leonards, Mayfield where our medical ambassador Paul Banwell presented to their Year 8 girls.

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The girls were celebrating World Book Day so as you can see, we had the honour of being greeted with a very colourful and creatively dressed audience!

The girls received a special, age-tailored presentation, regarding the sun and their skin which promoted how learning good habits at a young age would go a long way to preventing problems as adults, both medically and cosmetically. Paul debunked a few sun myths, explained how to spot a ‘dodgy’ mole, discussed sun creams and encouraged the girls to get in the habit of looking after and regularly checking their skin.

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Paul Christian (Head of Lower School) with Paul Banwell

After the presentation, Paul was taken aback, but pleasantly surprised with the volume and quality of questions from all pupils, which clearly showcased how relevant the subject was to them.  After the presentation, the girls were all given  information about the charity and its work, Sunsense sun protection samples and Sunsense UV activated wristbands.

Thank you to Pippa Whitby and all the staff at St Leonards for making today possible and thank you also to the fantastic pupils attending today.  Our aim is to get to see as many schools as possible, helping raise awareness of sun protection and helping change and develop good habits.

Paul kindly donates his time to the Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund. As well as being our medical ambassador, Paul Banwell is a fully-accredited consultant plastic and cosmetic surgeon and is a full member of BAAPS and BAPRAS. Paul is the Lead Consultant at the Melanoma and Skin Cancer Unit, Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead and helps and treats patients with skin cancer and unwanted moles.

‘It is the responsibility of all parents, coaches, and educators to ensure that children are sun protected. We will help make sure this happens.’ Mr Paul Banwell (FRCS)

Are you a School Interested in Sun Protection?

The Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code


The Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund is a national melanoma charity, based in West Sussex. Our mission is to put an end to melanoma by raising awareness and helping fund scientific research to find a cure.

On the 7th May 2014 we are launching the Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code, a free downloadable resource which already has the support of over 10 governing bodies of sport, and a growing number of outdoor activity groups such as The Scout Association.


Current messaging on sun awareness is confusing and at times non-existent, especially within groups and clubs who work outdoors with children for prolonged periods of time. However, serious sunburn as a child increases the likelihood of developing skin cancer or melanoma as an adult by 78%. Our aim is simple: to ensure that children who spend prolonged periods outdoors are adequately protected from the sun.

Become an Accredited School

This is simple to achieve by following the online guidelines and using the downloadable materials. You will receive the above badge which can be displayed on your website to ensure that parents and all your stakeholders know that as a school, you are doing all you can to protect the children in your care from the sun.

Please note:
We are currently developing the Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code and as such will forward all details when available. In the meantime, if you wish to received further details regarding this initiative or have any further questions please contact Michelle Baker on 01892 309911 or email:

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