Glendale Golf, one of the UK's leading golf operators has agreed to get all its six golf centres Sun Protection Accredited to the Slip! Slap! Swing! campaign, helping the Melanoma Fund smash their target of over 200 supporting clubs this summer.
The charity launched the campaign last year to target golfers and greenkeepers, who typically spend lots of time outdoors during summer, on highly reflective surfaces. With a new report revealing that rates of melanoma have more than doubled in the UK in the last 30 years, a prevention campaign for golf could not have been better timed.
Says Michelle Baker, CEO of the Melanoma Fund: "This year we launched our Sun Protection Accredited scheme for clubs, and despite the challenges of COVID restrictions, we have been completely overwhelmed with the support from every facet of golf, helping make this campaign such a success.
"Getting Glendale Golf on board is great news, and with more clubs pledging to sign-up before the end of September, this an ideal way to conclude our 2020 summer activity.
"The late seasonal sunshine has helped keep this important campaign topical and relevant, with the UV index still hitting 3 this week, sun protection should still be very much a part everyone’s routine, not just for the golfers and greenkeepers."
Some of the most prestigious clubs in the UK and Ireland are involved, and with Glendale Golf representing the third golf operator to sign up, this creates a strong platform for the charity’s planned expansion into Sun Protection Accredited tournaments and tourism next year.
Stuart Hill is one of the team at Richmond Park Golf Course and will be representing the club as their Sun Pro Ambassador. He says, “Having suffered from skin cancer issues for years, I fully understand the importance of this campaign. I am delighted to ensure that the work Glendale Golf is doing creates maximum impact. If I can help save just one person going through what I went through - or anything worse - it will be all worthwhile”.
Glendale Golf represents Duxbury Park Golf Course, Castle Point Golf Course, Edwalton Golf Centre, Tilgate Forest Golf Centre, Portsmouth Golf Course and Richmond Park Golf Course, and will be ensuring the venues are signed up, and Sun Protection Accredited this week.
For further information visit the Melanoma Fund’s Slip! Slap! Swing! campaign at www.melanoma-fund.co.uk/golf #SlipSlapSwing20