A Horsham schoolgirl is the Horsham Resident of the Month for June after raising over £1,500 for the Melanoma Fund.
Rosie Sullivan, 11, makes bracelets out of UV beads that change colour in strong sunshine when UV is detected, warning the person wearing the bracelet to put sunscreen on.
She started making the bracelets aged six after her uncle was twice diagnosed with skin cancer and since then, she has sold 750 bracelets with more completed that are available to buy.
Organised by the West Sussex County Times and Horsham-based solicitors DMH Stallard, the Resident of the Month Award recognises unsung heroes who deserve recognition for their outstanding contribution to society.
“Melanoma is a skin cancer that in most cases is preventable if we take care of our skin. We can all enjoy the sun safely.
“However, one blistering sunburn can double your chances of getting a melanoma in later life, so us kids need to wear our sunscreen and stay safe in the sun.
“Melanoma runs in my family so this is why I want to get the word out there. When we start seeing safer ways to enjoy the sun it will become a regular thing to do.”
Nigel Winter from DMH Stallard’s family law team in Horsham presented Rosie with an award certificate this week.
“Rosie is the youngest ambassador for the Melanoma Fund and helping to beat a cancer that sadly results in over 2,000 people dying in the UK every year.
“Like many of the best ideas, this is a simple yet brilliant way of helping people to avoid sunburn and reduce the risks of skin cancer.
“I was delighted to present the Resident of the Month award to such a kind, thoughtful and deserving young person.”
Anyone who would like to purchase a bracelet can visit: www.justgiving.com/page/julie-sullivan-1682937833429
As part of her award, Rosie will receive a life:style ultimate gift card.
To nominate someone who you think deserves to be named Resident of the Month, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
with a short description of why you think they should receive it.