Last Sunday’s Melanoma and skin check clinic was hailed a huge success by Bexhill Lions Club. Held in The Studio at the De La Warr Pavilion as part of Rother’s BeActive Day, it was sponsored by The Lions and organised in conjunction with the Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund.

The free consultations were headed up by Mr Siva Kumar, consultant at the Melanoma & Skin Cancer Unit (MACSU) at Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead and his team of surgeons who gave their services free.

There were 97 slots that could be pre-booked and these were filled within a week of announcing the event. On the day, a further 23 “dropped in” having spoken to Lions at their Stand at the event, or had read the article in the Bexhill Observer the previous Friday. Of the total 120 seen, 39 were referred to their GP for further investigation, which demonstrates the value of the sessions. Hopefully many of these will not be serious.

Mr Silva Kumar said “The high referral rate seen today signifies the need for us all to be vigilant when it comes to our skin. We are still seeing people who do not use sun protection and feel that sunburn is the natural precursor to tanning. My advice is if you want to tan, fake it. It only takes one severe burn to not only quadruple the risk of melanoma, but also rapidly age your skin”

Bottles of SPF 30 or SPF 50+ sun lotion were made available for a minimum donation of £3.00. With enthusiastic promotion from The Lions and Michelle Baker from the charity, a total of £1,060 was raised, all of which will go to the Research Fund.

Harry Townsend, founder of the Myfanwy Townsend Research Fund said ”Thanks to The Lions and The Queen Victoria Hospital, this event was a great success all round. From spreading our key messages to seeing so many people attend the skin check clinic. Hopefully saving a few lives.


  1. John Harvey says:

    This was a great event . Well done to all who helped.