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Bermuda Shorts Week Smashes Last Year’s Total

Bermuda Shorts Week 2018

Monday 23 July 2018

Butterfield generously supported the event once again for 2018, sourcing the official Bermuda Shorts Week socks. The Bermudian bank also organised the annual breakfast to launch the week, which brought together participants to listen to a talk about skin cancer.

The awareness and fundraising initiative raised an impressive £10,951 (and still counting) for the charity, beating last years total.

Last year the money raised was used to purchase suncream dispensers for the Bailiwick's schools. Currently, over ten schools have asked to have the dispensers installed for their pupils, including St Annes Primary School in Alderney, Herm School and Sark School.

The funds raised from this year will continue to support the suncream dispenser initiative to ensure that all schools in the Bailiwick have at least one for their pupils to use.

We have been blessed with a stunning summer this year, and while we do not want to put a dampener on the fun, the high UV indexes we have been experiencing can cause serious sun damage.

The 2017 Channel Islands Cancer Report reported non-melanoma skin cancer having the highest incidence rate in the Bailiwick. Of the average 691 cancers that were registered in the Bailiwick between 2010 and 2014, 45% were for non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC).

It is crucial to relay the sun awareness messages to ensure that everybody is aware of the importance of practising good sun protection.

If in doubt, follow the 5 Ss:

1. Slip on sun protective clothing that covers as much of your body as possible.

2. Slop on SPF 15 or higher suncream, at least 20 minutes before sun exposure. Reapply every two hours when outdoors.

3. Slap on a hat that shades your face, neck and ears.

4. Seek shade.

5. Slide on sunglasses.

Speaking of MUG's decision on how the money would be spent, council member Michael Richards said: 'It is vital that we educate the next generation on the importance of sun safety and protection, so that skin cancer rates do not continue to increase.'

Dr Partridge concluded: 'Simply put, prevention is better than cure and the early recognition of a skin cancer is more likely to lead to simpler and more successful treatment.'

Thank you to Buttefield and to everyone who took part.  We are looking forward to next years event already!