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Slip! Slap! Swing! campaign appeals to Kent Golf Clubs
The Slip! Slap! Swing! sun protection campaign for golf is run by the Kent based charity; the Melanoma Fund. It is supported by every major golf organisation and over 170 golf clubs who have signed up to become Sun Protection Accredited this summer.
The aim is to transform sun protection in golf to tackle the rates of melanoma and other forms of skin cancer within the sport.
With Stoke Park, Royal Birkdale, The Grange, Cirencester and Royal Dornoch, London Golf Club, Burnham & Bellow and other large, prestigious clubs now Sun Protection Accredited, the charity is appealing to GMs to get Sussex based clubs signed up – all for free - before the end of summer, generating awareness to impact their local community.
Rates of melanoma - the most dangerous form of skin cancer - have more than doubled in the UK in the last 30 years, with incidence in women having doubled (100% increase) and for men nearly tripled (181%). It is one of our fastest rising cancers, and although still higher in older people, rates in 25-49 year olds increased by 70% over the same period.
Skin cancer is however preventable, and by becoming Sun Protection Accredited, clubs can help members and all staff improve their sun protection habits and knowledge. Supported with free resources and up-to-date advice, involvement is quick, easy and achieved by pledging five actions:
- Nominate a Sun Pro Ambassador - promoting the campaign to members/staff.
- Add a sun protection statement to Terms & Conditions of play/Health & Safety policy.
- Display awareness posters and promote the campaign internally, and externally on socials.
- Ensure sunscreen is available in the club, either for sale or for complimentary use.
- Display the Sun Protection Accreditation logo – both digitally and in the club
Say’s Michelle Baker, CEO of the Melanoma Fund; “Small, measurable actions by many, help create big impact, so if we can reach 200 golf clubs, we will help wake golf up to the issue, and achieve a massive strike against skin cancer this year. Getting clubs in Kent involved is essential as our aim is to impact our local community, as well as further afield”
To help smooth the fairway to success, the charity has taken on a team of golf ambassadors made up of golfers, caddies and top industry experts, all helping spread awareness. One of which is local pro golfer; Paul Way, ex-Ryder Cup winner.
All participating clubs will receive free sunscreen* and support in promoting their work, to help keep them motivated and sun savvy throughout the summer”.
For further information visit the Melanoma Fund’s Slip! Slap! Swing! campaign at www.melanoma-fund.co.uk/golf#SlipSlapSwing20