Sun safety in the park unveiled

Published on: Friday, 30th September 2016

The Colin Bloomfield sun shade and sun meter at West Park in Long Eaton was officially unveiled by Colin’s mum, Alison during a celebration ceremony on Friday 23 September at 10am.

The Deputy Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Mary Hopkinson attended the celebration and was joined by children from five local schools.

The installation of the sun meter and sun shade, which are close to the Splashpad and play areas, has been made possible thanks to a £20,000 donation from the Colin Bloomfield Melanoma Appeal run by BBC Radio Derby.  
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, said: “We know residents and visitors to West Park will welcome the addition of the UV sun meter and sun shade alerting them to the importance of sun safety for all.

“We hope as many people go along to the unveiling ceremony and join in the fun, so grab your hat and sun lotion and have a great time in the park.”

Colin Bloomfield was a popular BBC Radio Derby 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 appeal raised over £170,000 thanks to generous donations from local people.

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

Anyone wanting more information about the appeal can visit and search ‘Colin Bloomfield

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