Here at The Melanoma Fund, our core mission is to raise awareness of melanoma, how to prevent it, recognise the diagnostic signs and educate on the importance of early detection. To achieve this, in 2018 we organised Skin Health Clinics in the South East, working with the melanoma and skin cancer team at Queen Victoria Hospital and skin health experts at rtwskin in Tunbridge Wells.
Our final event this year was held at the beautiful Chartham Park Golf & Country Club in East Grinstead on the 13th August to thank the staff and their members for making us their club charity of 2018/19.
The event was gratefully sponsored by the Rotary Club of East Grinstead who are themselves a wonderful local charity, supporting local community events and causes. As well as opening up appointments to club members, we invited their friends and family and also the local people to pre-book private appointments.
The event format provided either a ten-minute skin check with one of our team of three melanoma surgeons who offered advice and spot checks for melanoma and other forms of skin cancer or a slot with a master pharmacist, who provided advice on sun protection and UV related skin damage.
Appointments were taken by 78 people with referral rates to GPs averaging at 25%, which proved how important this service is. Not only did we help detect skin problems early, we offered advice, aiming to make people think more carefully about the health of their skin and how to avoid problems.
Harry Townsend, the founder of the Melanoma Fund said “We could not have wished for a better outcome. Throughout the afternoon we had lots of one-to-one conversations with those who wanted to know more about melanoma and skin cancer, sun protection and what our charity does in the local community and beyond. In addition, we raised £350.00 from donations received from sales of Altruist SPF30 sunscreen.”
We would like to thank Chartham Park for hosting the day, our generous sponsors for making it possible, our team of medics who worked tirelessly and all those who attended this vital event.
For further information on the Melanoma Fund, to get involved in what we do or to help support our work visit www.melanoma-fund.co.uk.