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

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