Sun safety for park

Published on: Monday, 6th June 2016

A UV sun meter and shade structure is to be installed at West Park in Long Eaton over the summer thanks to a £20,000 donation from the Colin Bloomfield Melanoma Appeal.

The UV meter is a traffic light warning system that indicates how strong the sun is at a particular time and what precautions should be taken - while the shade structure will provide a shelter from the sun. Both will be close to the Splashpad and café, one of the most popular areas in the park for families.

Colin Bloomfield was a popular local radio presenter who lost his battle against melanoma last year. The Melanoma Appeal in his name was launched to fulfill his wishes of raising awareness of skin cancer and to educate people about sun safety.

The objective of the appeal was to make Derbyshire and East Staffordshire the 'Sun Safe Capital' of the UK.

Erewash Borough Council is honoured that West Park has been chosen for these facilities along with Markeaton Park and Alvaston Park in Derby. Anyone wanting more information about the appeal can visit and search 'Colin Bloomfield'.

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