Friday, 5 February 2016

Congratulations to Holmesdale Infant School who have just renewed their Sun Safe Schools Accreditation.

Skcin are pleased to announce that Holmesdale Infant School in South Yorkshire have renewed their Sun Safe Schools Accreditation. The accreditation has been awarded to the school as they have completed the necessary steps to ensure their pupils and employees are educated on the importance of sun safety and that a suitable sun safe environment and policy is put in place and reviewed annually.

Skcin’s Sun Safe Schools, Sun Safe Nurseries and Sun Safe Workplaces national accreditation schemes are dedicated to educating at risk groups and future generations on the importance of sun safety to prevent skin cancer and promote early detection of the disease.

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Charity of the Year 2016

Press Release draft                                                                                                         January 2016



Skcin have had great start to 2016 with an announcement that we are to be awarded “Charity of the Year” by the prestigious St George’s Hill Golf Club in Surrey. The Club is ranked, variously, 22nd in England, 32nd in the British Isles and 96th in the World. We are delighted to have been selected by their new Captain and look forward to working with them in 2016.

Richard Welch the new Captain for 2016 has had long relationship with skin cancer and a family history of the disease and chose SKCIN as a fitting charity for his term as Captain. SKCIN is the UK’s only National Skin cancer charity with the key objectives of raising awareness of skin cancer through education, promoting prevention and early detection.

The Club expects to raise a significant amount to assist SKCIN in continuing our work via our educational programmes SunSafe Schools, and Sunsafe workplaces, in addition to campaigning for change with the government to help tackle the growing problem of skin cancer.

Richard wrote to members:

It is astonishing that skin cancer is the UKs most common and fastest rising cancer with  melanoma one of the most common cancers in young adults (aged 15-34). Most significantly, over 80% of all skin cancers are caused by over-exposure to the sun and /or sun beds, making the majority of all skin cancers preventable with sun safety measures.

The particular attraction of SKCIN is that it concentrates on education and prevention. That has to be the most effective way to protect future generations from the dangers of over-exposure to the sun - and sun beds!

I cannot adequately summarise the scope of the work the charity carries out. I invite you to have a look at their website, I guarantee that you will learn something.

The Club is planning a Charity Golf Day on 18th March supported by Skcin and our Patron Gary Wolstenholme MBE who will be playing on the day. The format is a traditional stableford, four-ball team alliance with an 8.30 am shotgun start. Generous donators are supporting the event with fabulous prizes and auction lots, including a hole-in-one car prize!

Money will be raised by ticket sales, a raffle and silent auction. There will be further activity planned with the Club later in the year along with the Ladies Captain event.

This support to SKCIN is truly appreciated and one that is vitally important to us as ultimately all donations help us continue our work. It would not be possible without the support of much appreciated donors and supporters.

For more information about corporate sponsorship, donations or fundraising activity please call Marie Tudor on 07775 771986

Friday, 15 January 2016

Bushey And Oxhey Infant School is now an Official Sun Safe School!

Congratulations to Bushey And Oxhey Infant School for obtaining their Sun Safe School Status & Award

“It has been a helpful process and in working to complete this award we have enshrined the teaching of sun safety within our curriculum. We have made significant changes in our practice, most importantly around the way in which we share information with parents. have added a legionnaire hat to our official school uniform and have dedicated assemblies linked to sun safety. The change in practice is important in our approach to staff wellbeing as well as safeguarding and protecting our children. Thank you. ”

(Mary Ann Cooper - Bushey And Oxhey Infant School)

Bushey And Oxhey Infant School Completes Step 4 towards becoming a Sun Safe School - Lesson Plan

Congratulations to Bushey And Oxhey Infant School for carrying out the ‘George the Sun Safe Superstar’ Lesson Plan.

Lesson Plan photo submitted by Bushey And Oxhey Infant School

“Lessons completed using Sun safe materials, ideas and George the superstar book as an impetus to learning. Children experienced a practical session with input from a mother who is a cancer specialist nurse. Learning was shared through homework and in the school newsletter. ”

(Mary Ann Cooper - Bushey And Oxhey Infant School)

Thursday, 10 December 2015

The Colin Bloomfield Melanoma Appeal 2015

Skcin  Press release Dec 2015

In January 2015, Skcin were proud to be given the opportunity to join forces with BBC Radio Derby to facilitate The Colin Bloomfield Melanoma Appeal and assist them in raising the profile of the UKs most common and fastest rising cancer.

Colin Bloomfield was a well known presenter and Derby County commentator who worked at BBC Radio Derby for over 10 years. Sadly in 2013 he was diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma. Colin had a unique and special relationship with his listeners and he shared his journey with his audience, speaking openly with optimism about his illness and treatment.

The BBC Radio Derby staff were touched by the reaction and support from the listeners in Derbyshire and East Staffordshire. It was therefore only fitting that the Colin Bloomfield Melanoma Appeal, launched in January 2015, was created to fulfil Colins wishes as he took a brave stand against the disease. His passion was to raise awareness of skin cancer, to educate people about the risks of UV, the importance of sun safety, to prevent the disease and to educate on the early detection of melanoma.

The objective of the appeal was to make Derbyshire and East Staffordshire the Sun Safe Capital of the UK. A key activity was to encourage and assist 200 primary schools within the area to gain their Sun Safe Schools accreditation - a national scheme developed by Skcin. The appeal, with the support of Skcin and their Sun Safe Schools programme, provided 200 local schools that took part, with enhanced educational resources, along with sunscreen and dispensers for every class - encouraging them to take part in the scheme by educating their pupils, parents and staff and to become official Sun Safe Schools by achieving their accreditation.

The schools appeal achieved a huge reach, with over 60,000 children and parents across Derbyshire and East Staffordshire provided with vital education and/or information on skin cancer and sun safety, specifically designed to promote prevention and early detection. Many more thousands of listeners were also touched by the campaign and its messaging both on air and at local events.

Skcin also facilitated several local skin check events that took place around the county with the kind support of local Dermatology Consultants where hundreds of listeners turned up to get free, professional advice, with a number of potentially serious referrals made.

The appeal has been a huge success with funds raised presently sitting at £136,294 attracting donations from key donors such as Derby County Football Club who donated £14,000, the Freemasons who donated £10,000 and the Charity Auction at Derbyshire Day, Carsington Water which raised over £7,000

The appeal was also flooded with postal donations, and the Just Giving site a hive of activity with online donations. Countless fundraising activities took place during 2015 in support of Colin - key events such as Sally Peppers London Marathon were hugely supported by listeners with local sports clubs such as Derbyshire County Cricket, Derby County Football all doing their bit to support the appeal. From Skydives to Cycle rides, raffles and collections, to pub quizzes, and cake sales - the local community showed relentless support.

Local schools taking part in the scheme also raised money for the appeal and some listeners donated monies from anniversary and funeral collections. The broad fundraising activity and the ideas put in place have been overwhelming and hugely appreciated by Colins family, colleagues and Skcin.

The appeal is closing on 31 Dec 2015, finishing with the Scouts donating monies from their Stamp and Deliver Christmas delivery campaign to the appeal.

Colins story and the appeal touched so many people that that their generosity was truly amazing. The appeal exceeded all our expectations.

Due to this success, a decision had to be made as to how the excess funds from the schools campaign could be spent wisely and benefit the people of Derbyshire and East Staffordshire. The outcome of the decision was to provide two sun safety related items. The first instalment of a bespoke, oak sun shelter is planned for Markeaton Park, one of Derbyshires largest parks, visited by millions every year. The park features a childrens play area and pool, but presently has no artificial shade around the pool area which is used by many families during the summer months - making it a perfect location for the shelter, reinforcing the importance of sun safety to visitors.

In addition to the shade structure, the appeal has purchased the UKs first UV solar powered Sun Meter. The Sun Meter visually looks like a traffic light but it provides an indicator as to the UV measurement for that day and guidelines for appropriate sun safety measures.

Both purchases are linked directly to the campaigns sun safe messaging and most importantly benefit the people of Derbyshire and East Staffordshire who so kindly and generously donated to the appeal.

Sadly Colin passed away on 25th April 2015 in the middle of the appeal and it therefore makes this campaign, the Sun Safe Schools Accreditation Scheme, the Sun Shelter and the Sun Meter a lasting legacy for a special inspiring man who lost his life at such a young age to melanoma.

The appeal has not only raised the profile of skin cancer significantly in Derbyshire and East Staffordshire, but in fact, nationwide.

Education and detection from an early age is the key to reversing the soaring rates of skin cancer cases in the UK, creating a positive impact on our future generations and those to come. Skin would like to thank the BBC for this opportunity, the people of Derbyshire and East Staffordshire for their generosity and compassion and ultimately Colin for taking us on his courageous journey and for making difference.

Thank you Colin Bloomfield.







Thursday, 26 November 2015

Ladywood Primary School is now an Official Sun Safe School!

Congratulations to Ladywood Primary School for obtaining their Sun Safe School Status & Award

“Excellent resource and education tool”

(Joanne Jerrom - Ladywood Primary School)

Tiny Toez @ Nutwood is now an Official Sun Safe School!

Congratulations to Tiny Toez @ Nutwood for obtaining their Sun Safe School Status & Award

“The children enjoyed learning bout sun safety.”

(Lisa Jelf - Tiny Toez @ Nutwood)