Siva Kumar and Joyce Skipworth, happy after her all clear skin check diagnosis!
Hillier garden centres recently teamed up with the Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund, a local charity that raises awareness of the importance of sun protection and early detection of melanoma. Each store featured their Watch Your Back! campaign, an initiative supported by 6 of the best-known gardeners in the UK, educating all gardeners on how to stay sun safe whilst pottering in the garden this summer.
On May 20th, the charity teamed up with Mr Siva Kumar and his team from the Melanoma & Skin Cancer Unit at Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead to run a check clinic at Hillier’s Easbourne branch.
Slots were pre-booked on-line and the event was fully booked in just over a week, proving how significant skin problems have become in recent years. The day generated over 100 appointments with surgeons referring 10 people to their GP for further investigation, plus the early detection of two melanoma’s, potentially saving lives.
Charity representatives chatted with customers about their sun protection habits and provided advice on skin checking, discussing why, when and what to look out for. The charity gave out bottles of Ladival sunscreen in return for a small donation to the charity, supported by the branch post event, raising a grand total of £1021.86.
All funds received will help the charity run its campaigns, raising further awareness of melanoma, which is now the fastest growing cancer in the UK.
Chris Francis, Hillier Wholesale and Retail Director, said “We are delighted to have helped directly impact the health of our customers by hosting this event.”.
For further details on the work the charity does, please visit www.melanoma-fund.co.uk.