Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund

Putting an end to melanoma by raising awareness and helping fund scientific research to find a cure

Registered Charity Number: 1085969
East Grinstead, West Sussex

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    We fund research into finding a cure for melanoma...

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    and raise awareness on the importance of sun protection.

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    Our campaigns are engaging and targeted to all age groups



When Myfanwy Townsend (or Miff, as everybody knew her) died from melanoma in 1999, her family set up the Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund to help prevent this terrible loss happening to others.

Since then, fuelled by the driving force that is Myfanwy’s husband Harry Townsend, the charity has gone on (to date) to raise over £400,000 in donations, from the charity’s loyal supporters and from his own incredible endeavours.

Our objectives are:

  • Raising awareness of melanoma via targeted media campaigns and events
  • Educating on diagnostic signs and everyday precautions
  • Funding the research of some of the best scientific resources in the country, with the aim of finding a cure
  • Making diagnosis more readily available by working with our partners at free pop-up mole check clinics and encouraging people to check their moles and act rapidly

Our Supporters

The charity has a number of high profile medical supporters including Professor Martin Gore (Royal Marsden) and Paul Banwell FRCS(Plast) and also celebrity supporters, including Martin Johnson, Paula Radcliffe and Julia Bradbury, who is fully behind the charity’s ‘Outdoors Kids’ campaign. Best known for her outdoor programmes, Julia is all too familiar with the ‘elements’.

Says Julia, "With a young child and a love of the outdoors, I am always mindful of the challenges of learning how best to be protected from the harmful effects of the sun while still enjoying a healthy outdoor lifestyle. This activity will help spread the word on how best to protect children and young adults, and I am looking forward to actively supporting the ‘Outdoor Kids’ campaign in 2014!"

Funding Research

The charity is however indebted to its loyal fundraisers who have helped raise fund for a number of melanoma research units including The Royal Marsden, Cancer Institute of Cancer Research, Queen Victoria Hospital NHS, Cancer Research UK and RAFT. New research is currently being funded by the charity and undertaken by Blond McIndoe Research Foundation.

How Can You Help?

We understand that research into melanoma is taking place worldwide, but as always progress is constrained by lack of money. Today, melanoma is one of the most rapidly increasing forms of cancer in the world. The incidence in the UK has risen by 143% in 18 years, and there is a comparable increase throughout the world, yet still, far too little is known about the disease.  In the 1930′s melanoma affected 1 in 1,500: now it affects 1 in 50.

Please help us in our mission all donations are gratefully recieved and wisely used. You can also help us by sharing the news we promote on Facebook and Twitter, get involved with one of our our campaigns, organise your own fundraiser, or visit our Fundraisers page and sponsor someone who is planning a challenge in the name of the charity.

When it comes to beating melanoma, every fact shared and penny donated counts!

Contact Us

Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund 6 Manor Road
East Grinstead
West Sussex
RH19 1LR

Phone: 01342 322508

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Financial Information from CharityFinancials

October 2016 October 2015
Total Income £20,068 £148,245
Total Expenditure £49,963 £86,993

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