Monday, 30 October 2017


The provision of shade plays an important part of a schools obligation to provide a sun safe environment for their pupils. As part of our Sun Safe Schools national accreditation scheme, Skcin have worked closely with thousands of primary and pre-schools on all aspects of sun safety and have launched the Sun Safe Schools Shade Project with our Shade Partner UVR, to help provide accessible and cost effective shade solutions.

Children spend a great deal of time outdoors at schools and/or pre-school during the Summer months, often when UV penetration is at it’s peak (between 11am and 3pm) and the provision of shade is a key element of the five S’s of Sun Safety we teach our children to enjoy the sun safely.

We know from experience key challenges for schools to implement shade structures are cost and local council planning permission and with this in mind

Skcin are pleased to offer this cost effective solution that’s made to fit with posts of 2.4 metres removing in the vast majority of cases, the need for planning permission.

Discounted, high quality, accredited and hassle free, supplied and installed by one of the countries most trusted educational play equipment suppliers - Fawns and manufactured by one of the worlds leading UPF fabric manufacturers Coolaroo - Skcin are pleased to be working in association with UVR to bring these quality shade solutions to the UK market and get schools on-board with the Shade Project.

Our stylish and durable, Knitted Sail Shades give 90% UV protection. Fix to walls, trees, fences, posts with our easy attachment accessories, or use one of our Sail Shade Poles. Got a square, triangular or rectangular space? Or perhaps yours is the awkward kind, a space you’re not sure what to do with? We’ve got you covered. Our shade sails come in a range of shapes, sizes and colours to create an affordable architectural statement, but most importantly an effective shade solution.

We provide a range of sail canopies that are easy to assemble and offer excellent value for money. Our shade sails can be designed to include activities, seating and tables being added at any time to enhance the area.

50% of all net profits are donated directly to Skcin, to assist the us in the fulfilment of our national Sun Safe Schools and Nurseries accreditation schemes - developed by Skcin to assist schools and parents in working together to educate children on the importance of sun safety and prevent skin cancer.

To find out more and get in touch, please visit:

Skcin; The Karen Clifford Skin Cancer Charity |

Registered Charity: 1150048 | |

Thursday, 19 October 2017

New partnership to promote skin cancer awareness to school pupils

The School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences (PBS) has launched a new initiative to engage, educate and enhance local communities, and is set to run its first community volunteering project in collaboration with Skcin , a leading UK skin cancer awareness charity.  This project, part of the 3Es public engagement initiative, will also assist Skcin in the delivering and roll out of their Sun Safe Schools Accreditation

Pupils from primary and secondary schools across Merseyside will take part in this 3Es engagement project. Skcin trained LJMU student volunteers will be working with key stage 1 and 2 pupils to broaden their understanding of UV and reinforce sun safety through fun interactive workshops and assemblies which will involve telling stories and teaching the children the ‘slip, slop, slap’ song. Pharmacy practice students will also be engaging with secondary schools to assess their current knowledge and understanding of UV, skin cancer and sun bed use, before delivering workshops to explore the science behind harmful UV rays and sun screen. The overall aim is to promote the fact that prevention is better than cure and education can lead to early detection and reduce soaring incidence rates of skin cancer in the UK.

Professor Satya Sarker, PBS School Director said “Liverpool John Moores University acts as a catalyst for positive social change, and enhances life, aspirations and prospects within our communities.  We also encourage active citizenship in students and staff.  The project with  Skcin involving our academics, students and local schools is a great example of this impact.”

Marie Tudor, Business Development Manager at Skcin said,  “This is an important collaboration with Liverpool John Moores University to improve the health and wellbeing of our local communities. Skin cancer rates are rocketing, with Liverpool displaying some of the UKs highest incident rates but 85% of skin cancers are preventable. Education is the key to saving lives and helping us to address this major public health concern. Through education we can evoke a cultural change and shift in attitude towards sun safety, which will help to reverse the soaring rates of skin cancer for current and future generations.”

A public seminar presenting the project findings will take  place in 2018.  

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    From left to right: Dr Ian Bradshaw, Mrs Marie Tudor (Skcin), Mr Bob Morris, Dr Laura Randle, Dr       Kehinde Ross, Prof. Satya Sarker and Dr Fyaz Ismail (PBS)

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