Smart Teachers will be raising vital funds for Melanoma UK during Sun Awareness Week – 9th to 13th May 2016. Help us reach our goal!


For any kid who grew up in Australia or New Zealand in the 1980s (which accounts for a fair few of us here at Smart HQ), the importance of sun awareness is deeply ingrained. The iconic Slip-Slop-Slap campaign was like a childhood mantra, and it was a rare sight to see any kid in a playground without a flappy hat, white zinc lips, and at least a six inch layer of sunscreen.

These days, sun awareness remains a ubiquitous fixture in the antipodean psyche, with skin cancers accounting for around 80% of all new cancers diagnosed in Australia. Unsurprisingly, the Cancer Council’s current campaigns have taken a slightly more grotesque turn since the days of Sid the lisping seagull (or Tiger the lobster if you’re from New Zealand).

Here in the UK, the baking hot sun on our skin is something most of us crave during those short winter days and grey autumn mornings. When spring finally rolls around, and the sun is more than just a light in the sky, every green space fills up with sunbathers who methodically remove all their clothing to expose as much skin as possible, regardless of their surroundings (or the fact it’s still only 14 degrees).


Fair enough, we don’t have a hole in the ozone layer looming over us in London, but do any of us actually think of the damages the sun can still do? A recent internet poll showed that 47 % of women and only 27 % of men in the UK actually bothered to slap the cream on last summer!

Did you know:

  • There were around 14,500 new cases of malignant melanoma in the UK in 2013. That’s 40 cases diagnosed every day.
  • Since the late 1970s, malignant melanoma incidence rates have more than quadrupled (360% increase) in Great Britain.
  • Over the last decade alone, malignant melanoma incidence rates have increased by almost half (46%) in the UK.
  • Malignant melanoma is currently the fifth most common cancer in the UK.
  • The majority of all diagnosed malignant melanomas (nearly 90%) are considered preventable.
Cancer Research Stats
Source: Cancer Research UK

With the sunshine making an increasing appearance as the summer draws closer, there’s no better time to raise awareness.

The British Association of Dermatologists have put together Sun Awareness Week, starting Monday 9th May 2016, to remind us of the dangers and prevention methods. Here at Smart Teachers we will be kicking off a fun-filled, fully-loaded week of activities to raise money and awareness, with all proceeds going to Melanoma UK.

Melanoma-Stop-Skin-CancerMelanoma UK is a patient organisation dedicated to helping skin cancer patients during all stages of their illness. Since launching in 2007, Melanoma UK has grown considerably with the support of friends, family, patients, and families of patients. As well as raising vital funds to provide melanoma nurses and research, the organisation works hard to raise awareness of the disease, working closely with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and the parliamentary melanoma task force.

During Sun Awareness Week, Smart Teachers will be spreading the word about the importance of changing UV habits and improving skin health. Amongst other activities, we will be doing a raffle with loads of fantastic prizes, a bake sale, a dress down day, and best of all… a team cycling challenge.

Depending on how much we raise by Friday the 13th of May, we will cycle:


Help us reach our goal! As well as raising vital funds for Melanoma UK, you’ll be making us sweat! Please visit to donate!

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Thank you for your support. And from all of us here at Smart Teachers… don’t forget to SLIP SLOP SLAP!