Formerly known as the Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund

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Have you grown a RIDICULOUSLY big sunflower?  Here is how to enter and our general terms and conditions:

By submitting an entry to this Promotion, entrants agree to be bound by the following terms and conditions:

The Promotion commences at 8.30am on 1st May (“Start Date”) and closes at Noon on 21st September 2018 (“Closing Date”) (being the “competition period”). For the avoidance of doubt, this means that entries must have been received by the Promoter by the close of this period in order to meet the closing date validity requirements.

Once purchased, entries need to be registered before the end of May and results submitted on or before 21st September 2018 (until 12am Midnight).

Entrants must photograph their entry on the Closing Date and email us at to log their entry and demonstrate its height or weight.
Winning plants will be judged in the following way. Tall: Measure from earth to the highest tip of the top petal to where the plant naturally reaches the earth. Big: Cut just behind the head and weigh as requested. We will then get our team to pick out and verify the winning entries for both categories.

The top three entrants in each category will be contacted by phone and we will ask further information in order to verify height and weight etc (This can also be done over the phone or by video).

Entries submitted with incomplete information, or found to contain invalid information shall be deemed invalid entries.

Entry is open to residents of the United Kingdom & the Channel Islands aged 3 and over and all entrants, and their guardians, agree to their photographs being published on the promoter’s website and social media pages.

One entry per person.

To enter, entrants must first register by providing us with their contact details.

The winner will be selected by an independent judge/by a panel that includes at least one independent member, to be held on 30th September 2018.

Details of panel members may be obtained by writing to the Promoter. The judge will assess all valid entries.

The entry that it considers in its subjective opinion/that the majority considers in their subjective opinion to be the tallest or largest (head) sunflower shall be deemed the winning entry (the “Winner”) and receive the Prize/s.

The Winner will be notified of the fact that they have won within 5 days of the Closing Date by [email/telephone/twitter and Facebook. They will then be asked to supply details for delivery of their prize.

The Promoter will use reasonable endeavours to contact the Winner. If a Winner does not respond within 3 calendar months of the first notification, then that individual forfeits the right to claim the Prize.

The Promoter reserves the right to cancel, amend, terminate or temporarily suspend this competition at any time with no liability to any entrant or any third party.


No alternative prizes are available, with the exception that in the event of circumstances outside of its control.

The Promoter and its associated agencies and companies accept no liability for any loss, expense or damage which is suffered or sustained (whether or not arising from any person’s negligence) in connection with the Promotion and/or prizes, other than such liability that cannot be excluded by law including death or personal injury caused by negligence, where liability shall be limited to the minimum permissible by law.

Entrants under the age of 16 must seek the permission of their parent/guardian before entering this Promotion.

If there are reasonable grounds to believe that there has been a breach of these Terms and Conditions by an entrant, The Promoter may, at its sole discretion invalidate the relevant entry and disqualify the entrant from the Promotion, irrespective of the stage in the Promotion reached.

The Promoter’s decision in all matters relating to the Promotion is final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into.
The Winners agree to take part for free in any publicity for the Promotion as requested by the Promoter.

The name of the Winners will be available upon request after the Closing Date in writing to the Promoter.

This Promotion is subject to English Law and the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts. 20 The Promoter is the Melanoma Fund, 6 Manor Road, East Grinstead, West Sussex, H19 1LR

Entrants hereby release Facebook and Twitter of all liability that can be excluded under English law.

This Promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook or Twitter.


If you require help with your entry please email

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melanoma fund skin cancer charity

Celebrity gardeners are getting behind a national campaign, using humour to help fight melanoma. David Domoney, Adam Frost and David Stevens will all appear dressed up looking ‘ridiculous’ in a campaign urging us all to think twice about our sun protection habits.

Watch Your Back! – launched in 2016 by the Melanoma Fund – specifically targets men over 50 who are the least likely to cover up, but are most likely to die from the effects of excessive sun exposure. The message is; ‘don’t be ridiculous, remember sun protection when out in the garden this summer’.

Men and melanoma

Skin cancer is now the most common cancer in the UK and melanoma is the most dangerous type. It is the fastest growing cancer in men and the second fastest in women, with men 70% more likely to develop the disease, typically on their backs and in areas that are hard to spot, making the warning signs easier to miss, leading to a later diagnosis, leading to higher death rates.

Why raise awareness?

Melanoma rates in the UK have more than quadrupled over the last 30 years, however many of us still forget to protect, check skin for signs of change or know what to look out for. This may explain why death rates from melanoma are higher in the UK than in Australia or New Zealand, both of which have the highest incidence in the world.

Harry Townsend, founder of the Melanoma Fund says; “Sun protection campaigns can sound like broken records. We all know the facts, but many of us still lack a regular skin care habit and men in particular dislike applying sunscreen, so we have decided to give it to them straight; don’t be ridiculous!

Skin health clinic bus tour

The Melanoma Fund is organising a bus tour of major garden centres in the South East during May and June. Surgeons from the Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead and dermatologists from RTWSkin in Tunbridge Wells will offer FREE pre-booked appointments for skin checking and skin health analysis.

The ridiculous sunflower growing competition

Major garden centres will be urging customers to grow the tallest or biggest sunflower in the UK. They will be retailing packs of the ‘ridiculous’ seeds for a £1 donation to the charity. Prizes include Landmann BBQ’s and a year’s supply of Altruist sunscreen.

Campaign ambassadors; Alan Titchmarsh, Charlie Dimmock, Andy Sturgeon, Charlie Dimmock, Joe Swift, Adam Frost, David Domoney, Anne Swithinbank and Toby Buckland have all agreed to provide their personal tips on growing giant blooms.

Alan Titchmarsh says; “This approach may appear light-hearted, but the message is serious. Sunburn can not only triple the risk of melanoma, it looks terrible, so look after your skin, whatever your age.”

Watch Your Back! is partnered with the Garden Centre Association, the Professional Gardeners Guild and The National Allotment Society. For further details visit from the 1st May.


Editors notes:
1. Campaign logo in Hi Res on request
2. Campaign launches on-line and in stores from May 1st 2018.
3. For media enquiries, contact Michelle Baker at or call on 07989551046
4. Quotes and interviews with all gardening ambassadors and organisations are available on request.
5. For a full list of participating garden centres visit

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