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29 Jul

Yorkshire Cancer Research Wristbands - The New Craze!

Yorkshire Cancer Research’s new colour-changing wristbands have amazed thousands of people as part of the charity’s Don’t Get Caught Out by Cancer sun awareness campaign!

The UV sensitive wristbands change colour when harmful UV rays are detected and the stronger the UV rays, the brighter the colour purple becomes. The wristbands show that damaging UV rays can even filter through cloud, as they still turn pale purple on an overcast day. They help indicate when you need to take precautions and apply sunscreen.

The Don’t Get Caught Out by Cancer campaign aims to raise awareness of the danger of being out in the sun too long. Cases of a skin cancer called melanoma are on the rise in Yorkshire, and we’re highlighting the importance of using sunscreen, especially in young people and particularly those playing sports during the summer.

“I’ve just undergone surgery for melanoma caused by sun damage and would like to wear the wristband in support” – Lawrence Walker, JustGiving donor.

The famous new wristbands are helping people #StaySafeInTheSun at Headingley Cricket Ground and at events across the county. They are being handed out at T20’s, Test Matches, local club events, Emerald Education Day, Children’s Day and many more events throughout the 2015 season. If you can’t make a game head to Yorkshire Cancer Research’s JustGiving page to give a donation and receive yours in the post!

Our Yorkies did a great job of handing out the wristbands at the Yorkshire V Nottinghamshire T20 on 19th June. In just 90 minutes, 1,200 wristbands were given away. Be sure to look out for them at future games and grab yourself an awesome colour changing wristband!

“Children and adults are amazed at our UV wristbands! They are really interested when you tell them how they work and why it is important to put your sunscreen on when they turn purple.” – Linsey Trower, Head of Communications, Yorkshire Cancer Research.

The wristbands also emphasise Yorkshire Cancer Research’s presence throughout the county and reiterate that it is Yorkshire’s own cancer charity helping the people of Yorkshire avoid, survive and cope with cancer.

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