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Supporting the SKCIN Charity - a message from our president

A message from President Claire Wevell:

A reminder that my Presidential Charity for this year is SKCIN – The Karen Clifford Skin Cancer Charitywww.skcin.org

At the National AGM in Nottingham last year in May I asked that each Circle within Ladies Circle GB&I encouraged at least one of their local primary schools or nurseries to sign up to the Sun Safe School Scheme: www.sunsafeschools.co.uk

Please let me know how you are getting on. Has your Circle or one of your members managed to get a local school signed up? If so please can you let me know the name of the school and the name of the Circler doing the encouraging.

I have been overwhelmed by the amount of donations I have been given on my Presidential visits around the country and our friends at SKCIN are delighted. I hope to be able to reveal a handsome figure at this year's AGM in Aviemore in May. Have you booked yourself in yet? www.conferenceaviemore.co.uk. The conference team are organising a great event for us so don’t miss out, get yourselves booked in now!

I chose SKCIN as my presidential charity this year as skin cancer is a disease which has had a great impact on my life. It is a disease which can be prevented by just being educated from a young age about the damage that the sun does to our skin. We need to get the message across to our young kids so that sun safety becomes second nature to them and thus preventing them developing melanoma in later life. My Mum battled Melanoma for over 11 years and 3 months ago she lost her fight, so you can see why I am so passionate about this. She was told that her skin cancer was caused by her being burnt as a child. My Mum grew up in the 1940/50’s and so they did not know the effects of the sun damage but we do now – there is no excuse.

Please take a look at the SKCIN website and encourage your Circle members to contact your local schools, nurseries and even workplaces - www.sunsafeworkplaces.co.uk

Perhaps you would consider having a small fundraiser? Upon registration to become a sun safe school each school is sent a FREE package from the charity containing the required number of Sun Safety and Skin Cancer information booklets, Sun Safe Superstar stickers for each child and a copy of 'George the Sun Safe Superstar' book for their library. This package costs about £15 to put together and send so any fundraising that you can do will help with this cost.

Thank you for reading this – I hope to see some of you in the next few months either during my Presidential visits, at the February Council Meeting or at AGM in May.

I hope 2015 is a year filled with oodles of Circling fun & friendship and remember get those new members in – Circle is open to ‘One & All’!

Yours in friendship

Claire Wevell
National President 2014-15

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