Sun safety sessions

RDaSH staff nurse Jacky Crawshaw (right) and RDaSH cancer information support worker (second left) with Mark Ambler (left), Darren Jones (centre) and Mark Tattersill (second right) at the suns safety awareness session held at Thorne Social Education Centre.

RDaSH staff nurse Jacky Crawshaw (right) and RDaSH cancer information support worker (second left) with Mark Ambler (left), Darren Jones (centre) and Mark Tattersill (second right) at the suns safety awareness session held at Thorne Social Education Centre.

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Doncaster people with learning disabilities are being shown how to enjoy the sun sensibly, and protect themselves from skin cancer this summer.

Staff from St John’s Information Service and the Community Learning Disabilities Services Health Action Team, which are both run by Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH), are holding a series of sessions across Doncaster, specially designed to help learning disabled people understand the dangers of skin cancer and the importance of protecting their skin from the sun.

RDaSH staff nurse Jacky Crawshaw from the Health Action Team said: “We’re giving our service users some basic information and advice around enjoying the sun safely, such as seeking shade, wearing sunglasses, a hat, and sun-protective clothing, as well as using sunscreen with sun protection factor (SPF) 15 or higher.”

Joanne O’Marr, who manages St John’s Information Service said: “Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in the UK and the number of people diagnosed is increasing. We urge everyone to stay safe in the sun.”

The first sessions were held at Adwick Social Education Centre and Thorne Social Education Centre. Further sessions have been arranged as follows:

Conisbrough Education Centre on 8 August, between 9.30am and 12pm

Hayfield Social Education Centre on 9 August, between 9.30am and 12pm

Cedar Social Education Centre on 15 August, between 9.30am and 12pm.