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Dear All,

We do hope you have all had a wonderful summer and are looking forward to a colourful autumn. Although summer is fading, we continue to be busy, both working on the charity; moulding its structure and forging new alliances and also developing our new campaigns. In fact, we are almost as busy as our amazing fundraisers, which you will read about below.

We hope that all these stories will inspire you all to think seriously about challenging yourself for the charity; either individually or as part of a team. We’re delighted to announce that our very own Michelle Baker will be doing just that when she rows the Channel next year! Read all about this below!

From personal experience, I know there are so many wonderful ways in which you can make a positive difference to your own lives and at the same time, help raise awareness and fund research into finding a cure for melanoma. If you are planning something, then let us know about it. We have a new team in place who can help you every step of the way, from training advice to media awareness. Visit for further details.

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Well Run Amy Pearce!

If you’ve been following us on Facebook and Twitter (or if you live in Truro) you will know all about Amy who ran the Truro Half Marathon this month to support melanoma fundraising. After Amy’s dad Rik was diagnosed with melanoma Amy decided to turn a negative into a positive, and that she did! Did you catch her raising awareness in her amazing interview on BBC Radio Cornwall? Listen here!

Through her hard won endeavour, Amy has to date help raise over £2,000 and now she plans to run a10k and another half marathon before the end of October! Her Just Giving Page will be open until December, so please do visit


Team LUFC Hit the Water for Melanoma


The Leeds United Channel Row Team is continuing to work hard in their run up to the big event. The team have been joined by the latest team members, LUFC Managing Director, David Haigh, coxswain, Francesca MacDuff-Varley and the charity’s own Michelle Baker.

They took to the water for the first time this month and found out first-hand the type of vigorous training they would have to undertake to get ‘row fit’! We will be releasing their video on YouTube shortly, so watch out for a link on our Facebook page. Follow them on Twitter @LUFCchannelrow


Meeting of Melanoma Minds at Cancer Research UK

The charity’s Anna White attended a collaboration meeting at the London offices of Cancer Research UK last week. It was a fantastic opportunity to exchange views and information on what Cancer Research UK and a number of other charities are doing to raise awareness and funds to help eradicate melanoma.

We also had chance to advise all parties on our own forthcoming campaigns and activities…


Cancer Research UK

Haskins Garden Centre

This summer we joined forces with Haskins Garden Centre to launch the ‘Sun Safety in the Garden’ campaign to help raise awareness of Melanoma. This ran throughout August and was developed to raise awareness of staying safe in the sun, while enjoying the garden. We had help from Paul Banwell, Medical Advisor to MTMRF to create a number of top tips which went out on the Haskins website, BBC Radio Sussex, local media and in month long Twitter campaign, targeting the gardening community. This was accompanied by an in-store competition to win a UV protection garden kit!


Haskins Garden Centre

Actively Fighting Melanoma by Ashley Charlwood

"Being moved by an event can have a positive or negative impact on what you do next. It’s your choice. It’s important for you to do something though." Read all about how our new training ambassador, Ashley Charlwood is putting his best foot forward for melanoma by taking up the ultimate fitness challenge. Read here about the inspiration behind his decision to put himself through the Marathon des Sables!


Ashley Charlwood

The Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Initiative

If you have been following our newsletters, you will know that in 2014 we will be launching The Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Initiative. The aim is to support the teachers, coaches, leaders and parents who work with children and young people outdoors and ensure that all in their charge are sun protected. This month we have been working with The Association for Physical Education (AfPE) to ensure that our messaging is clear and effective.

The AfPE will be supporting us throughout the campaign with their insight into physical education and their strong membership of coaches, teachers, students and sports associations. This month we are featured in their newsletter as part of the consultation process for the initiative. ‘The Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code initiative will build on the legacy of the 2012 Olympics; by encouraging children and young people to take part in sport and outdoor activities whilst being protected from the harmful effects of the sun.’

Physical Education

Click on the link below (read more button) to access the full consultation document:

Let us know what you think by emailing Anna White at: in time for the 23rd October 2013 deadline.


Run for Sally!

Finally, we would like extend a special thank you to all who took part in this year’s Run for Sally which raised £1,000 for melanoma. The Run for Sally is in memory of Sally Mitchell who died from melanoma and this is the second year that this run has taken place in Haywards Heath. The team has raised almost £8,000 to date in her memory. For pictures of this wonderful day – which we hope will inspire you all – please click here.

Run for Sally!

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