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Sun awareness scheme comes to Craven

Sun awareness scheme comes to Craven

Published at 6:00am 30th September 2015. (Updated at 3:55pm 30th September 2015)

Yorkshire Cancer Research has received a grant from The Craven Trust to develop its sun awareness campaign within the Craven area.

The charity has been working with local cricket clubs across the county over the summer to educate players and supporters, particularly the young, about the dangers of UV light from the sun.

Staff and volunteers have been handing out free sunscreen, UV wristbands and sun awareness leaflets at club events throughout the 2015 season.

The UV wristbands change colour when harmful UV rays are detected, and the stronger the UV rays, the brighter the colour purple becomes.

The campaign is part of the charity's two-year partnership with Yorkshire County Cricket Club, the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation and the Yorkshire Cricket Board, which was developed to raise awareness of cancer across the county.

Cases of melanoma have increased by 63% in Yorkshire since 2001, and exposure to the sun, or sunbeds, is the cause of 86% of these cases.

It's estimated that 80% of lifetime exposure to the sun happens during childhood, and one blistering sunburn can double the risk of getting melanoma later in life.

Sophie Bunker, Community Engagement Officer for the cricket partnership, said: "With cricketers and spectators spending so much time out in the sun every year, it is vital they keep themselves protected from its harmful UV rays.

"Lots of parents are really interested in what is going on and think us educating the children is a really good thing to do and it is much appreciated."

Linsey Trower, Head of Communications at Yorkshire Cancer Research, added: "We are very grateful to The Craven Trust for their generous grant.

"This will help us cover the cost of rolling the sun awareness campaign out to the Craven area, which will support us in reaching our aim of helping the people of Yorkshire avoid, survive and cope with cancer."

Mark Facer, Chairman of The Craven Trust, said: "We are delighted to support this local initiative promoting skin cancer awareness in a sport whose young players are often unaware of the risk factors whilst out on the cricket pitch all day."

Yorkshire Cancer Research has already attended Skipton Cricket Club's end-of-season presentation evening and will return to the Craven area next season to make further use of the grant.

For more information about the sun awareness campaign, contact Sophie Bunker by e-mailing sophieb@ycr.org.uk