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Howzat! NatWest bowls over cancer charity
(23 October 2002)

NatWest has raised an impressive 175,000 for Marie Curie Cancer Care as part of their new partnership promoting sun safety.

The Sun Safety - know your boundaries campaign was developed to raise awareness of the increasing dangers of the sun, especially among men and to raise funds for further research into skin cancer. The campaign was promoted at The NatWest Series cricket tournament over the summer.

The money will go directly towards the work of Dr Colin Goding, a leading scientist investigating the most dangerous form of skin cancer, called malignant melanoma, at the Marie Curie Research Institute.

Dr Goding said: "Our recent work has enabled us to identify some key molecules that we believe play a major role in melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer. Our next task is to try to see whether there are ways in which we can use the knowledge gained from our basic research to benefit cancer patients in the clinic.

"We are really thrilled with the success of the NatWest campaign and the funds raised will enable us to pursue this important area of cancer research. The contribution will make a very significant difference to our work."

Benny Higgins, Chief Executive, Retail Banking at NatWest, said: "We are delighted to have raised this money for Marie Curie Cancer Care. Based around our sponsorship of the cricket, this campaign has been the perfect platform to raise awareness of the growing dangers of skin cancer. We look forward to hearing about the progress Colin and his team of scientists will make in skin cancer research."

Spectators at the One Day International cricket matches were provided with sun protection lotion, hats and a sun safety checklist and specialist teams were on hand to give advice on sun safety precautions.

NatWest developed an in-branch promotion with a 1 donation being made to the Marie Curie Research Institute for every Advantage Gold account opened from June to the end of August.

Over 40,000 people are diagnosed with skin cancer every year in the UK with recent trends showing that there is a significant increase in malignant melanoma incidences, particularly in men.

Enquiries to:
Marie Curie Cancer Care
Tel:020 7599 7703