Barrow boy

Harry Townsend is pushing a wheelbarrow the length of New Zealand's North and South Islands to raise money for research into melanoma, while aiming to set a world record for the number of sponsors for a one-person fundraiser. Townsend is founder of the UK-based Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund, which funds research into a cure for the skin cancer. Around one in 300 people in the UK could be affected by malignant melanoma. The fund has already donated £23,000 to establish a laboratory within the Mount Vernon Hospital in Northwood, London. Townsend has raised thousands of pounds on previous sponsored challenges. The fund is also supporting awareness campaigns and research in New Zealand, which has the highest rate of malignant melanoma in the world.

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