CDF are pleased to announce that we are working in partnership with Skcin – The Karen Clifford Skin Cancer Charity – to roll out the Sun Safe Schools accreditation across primary schools in the Liverpool region. The Sun Safe Schools accreditation has been developed by Skcin and is aimed at educating primary school children on the importance of sun safety. The Scheme assists primary schools in implementing a suitable sun safe policy and prompting the reinforcement of sun safety at home.
Together CDF and Skcin have big ambitions for this partnership in the hope of changing children’s sun seeking behaviour for life. Initially our aim is to sign up 50 primary schools in the Liverpool region. This alone could reach up to 10,000 children. On signing up to the Scheme each school must complete a four-step process to gain their Sun Safe Schools Accreditation. Once the Accreditation is awarded, it lasts for 12 months and schools are encouraged to renew it on an annual basis so as to re-enforce safe sun seeking behaviour amongst their pupils.
CDF has agreed to provide funding and investment for this initiative that could exceed £30,000 depending on the number of schools signed up and the number that subsequently gain the Accreditation. We have already made the first donation of £10,000 to Skcin to help launch the initiative in February. This is its most significant commitment since our inception a little under two years ago.
The partnership has also been chosen as one of the causes for the Co-op Local Community Fund over the next 12 months. This enables Co-Op members to choose this initiative to receive 1% of what they spend on selected own-brand products and services to the local community fund.
Michael McNally, a Trustee of CDF and Clare’s brother says “Following Clare’s passing we realised there is a real lack of awareness as to just how serious melanoma can be. Whilst there are a number of factors that can cause melanoma, all of the evidence suggests that educating children about sun safety at a young age is an effective way of preventing melanoma. When we heard about the excellent work Skcin have been doing for a number of years now we reached out to them to find out more and to consider how we could jointly contribute to the melanoma cause. Both charities were born of similarly tragic circumstances and we have been really impressed by the people working for Skcin and the fantastic Sun Safe Schools accreditation they have developed. We jumped at the chance of working together. We really believe this initiative will have lasting long term effects in reducing occurrence of melanoma in the Liverpool region and beyond”
Marie Tudor from Skcin says “Skcin are both humbled and honoured to be the recipient of the CDF donation. Skcin works tirelessly to provide practical sun safety and skin cancer prevention solutions to the community to aid knowledge about this shocking disease. Skcin has pioneered educational intervention and the Sun Safe Schools accreditation we have enjoyed great success for four years. We see the this particular “at risk” group is where we can have the greatest impact with educating our youngsters from a young age. Skcin now have over 3500 schools signed up. This donation will help the continued roll out of this scheme in Liverpool primary schools. I would personally like to thank CDF for this kind donation their amazing efforts in fundraising and we hope together we can save lives and stop melanoma in its tracks.”
Skcin was established following the passing of Karen Clifford on New Years Eve 2005. Karen’s family with help from medical professionals set out to fill the void that existed in skin cancer awareness at that time. Skcin was established as a charity in 2006 and has pioneered developed unique national accreditation schemes, campaigns and initiatives designed to help raise awareness of and prevent skin cancer. Skcin provides practical solutions educational intervention for skin cancer that has impact and can help change poor sun behaviours and provide education to at risk groups.
Co-Op Local Community Fund
The Fund enables Co-Op members to donate 1% of what they spend on selected own-brand products and services to the local community fund. Members can visit the Co-op website to choose which local causes they want to benefit from their 1%. In addition all money raised from the sale of carrier bags is shared equally amongst the chosen causes.