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Derbyshire Freemasons donate £10,000 to the Colin Bloomfield Melanoma Appeal

THE has smashed its £45,000 target – only six weeks after being launched. The appeal was started in February by BBC Radio Derby presenter Colin, who is currently battling stage-four melanoma, to help educate children in Derbyshire and East Staffordshire about how to stay safe in the sun. And after successfully reaching its target, the campaign – which is being supported by the Derby Telegraph – is now aiming to reach £75,000. The original plan was to provide 100 schools in Derbyshire with information and sun cream dispensers to help protect and inform primary-age pupils about the dangers of UV radiation from the sun.

And the most recent £10,000, taking the appeal to £45,000, was donated by the .

Stephen Williams, provincial communications manager for Derbyshire Freemasons, said: “Derbyshire Freemasons, and freemasons in general, have a long history of charitable giving to worthy causes and many of the 3,000-strong Freemasons in Derbyshire give up their time and money to charity and the community.

“Freemasons in general through the United Grand Lodge of England () have strong links to research into medical issues and in particular with cancer, and Alzheimer’s, and regularly provide large sums from central funds.

“Derbyshire Freemasons look to provide help in local worthy causes and the Colin Bloomfield appeal is very appropriate.”

Colin Bloomfield, 33, said: “This is fantastic news. It’s an incredibly generous donation from the Derbyshire Freemasons.

“I want to thank everybody for all the money they’ve raised.

“Every donation means an awful lot to me and now we can protect a whole future generation from the risks of skin cancer.”