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Tenovus Cancer Care and Skcin partner to deliver Sun Safe Schools accreditation scheme in Wales

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Tenovus Cancer Care and Skcin are proud to announce a new partnership to help primary schools across Wales educate children on the importance of sun safety.

Wales’ leading cancer charity, Tenovus Cancer Care, will help schools attain Skcin’s Sun Safe Accreditation by delivering sun safety workshops and whole-school assemblies and creating lesson plans for all Welsh primary schools who register to take part.

It uses the free comprehensive resources provided for the Sun Safe Schools programme by Skcin, which has already reached more than half a million children across the UK since it was launched five years ago.

To gain their Sun Safe Accreditation schools must complete a four-step process; creating a sun safety policy, communicating with parents, conducting a whole-school assembly and conducting individual class lessons.

Maura Matthews, Tenovus Cancer Care’s Prevention Lead, commented: “This is an excellent opportunity for us to build on the work we have been doing with schools by partnering with Skcin to deliver their Sun Safe Schools programme.

“We both have the same aims, to educate as many children as possible on the importance of sun safety, and this will allow us to reach more children than ever before.

“The accreditation scheme gives each school a realistic target to achieve and then recognition for the work they are doing, and we are looking forward to working with schools right across Wales.”

Penyrenglyn Community Primary School in Treorchy is the first school to be accredited through the joint partnership scheme in Wales. They hosted a launch event on Friday 3rd May and were presented with their certificate by Chris Bryant MP, who recently was diagnosed with and is recovering from a stage 3 melanoma.

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Penyrenglyn Primary School Head Teacher Karen Jacobs said: “We are delighted to have been selected to participate in the Sun Safe Schools national accreditation scheme. Working in partnership with Tenovus Cancer Care and the Skcin charity has been a great way for the children to learn about sun safety through the fun interactive workshops they have provided.

“As a school we value the importance of educating children and their families about how to keep safe in the sun, especially with the rates of melanoma quadrupling in the UK in the past 50 years. Our parents can support this scheme by following the simple steps suggested such as providing sun hats, cream and appropriate clothing to allow their children to enjoy the sunshine safely whilst at school. Many thanks to Tenovus Cancer Care and Skcin for supporting us with this very important aspect of our children’s wellbeing.”

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All schools who sign up to the Sun Safe Schools programme receive a comprehensive welcome pack and accreditation guide, printable resources, a school assembly and lesson plan support provided by Tenovus Cancer Care, a hard copy of the book ‘George the Sun Safe Superstar’ for the school library, ‘Sun Safe Superstar’ stickers for all children, sun safety information booklets for all parents and unlimited access to all on-line resources.

Marie Tudor, CEO of national skin cancer charity Skcin said: “UV awareness and skin cancer have always been regarded as a public health issue and not an educational one. The fact is that they are inextricably linked. Skcin  believe the only way to combat soaring statistics is for the two departments to work together in order to create the impact required and this is why schools are uniquely placed to provide a solution.

“Skcin launched the Sun Safe Schools accreditation more than five years ago and we are reaching thousands of primary schools across the UK, teaching over half a million children and raising awareness amongst their families via the scheme. We help schools by providing a single point of trusted information and associated resources that will help them, with their limited time, budgets and high works loads, to deliver the right policy, the right advice and the right resources to engage children with this vital messaging.

“Whilst we can offer all of the above, what we struggle to provide on a national scale, is face-to-face support in delivering assemblies and lesson plans. We know teachers love nothing more than a booked-in, ‘all sorted’ massive ‘tick in the box’ assembly and that’s why we are really excited to be working with Tenovus Cancer Care who are already doing great work in this arena. By combining our efforts we can offer primary schools across Wales the very best service, with the greatest impact.”

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Primary schools who would like to take part can email for more information.

Tenovus Cancer Care are delighted to have the ongoing support of Western Power Distribution to help support our Here Comes the Sun campaign and ensure we have the resources to deliver this message to more school children this summer.