Sun Scientist arrives in local schools

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With summer well on its way, Primary 5 children across Northern Ireland are learning about how intense the sun actually is with the help of the Cancer Focus Northern Ireland Sun Scientist project.

The charity has sent Sun Scientist packs to 167 primary schools that have signed up as part of the Cancer Focus NI Schools Health Education Package

(SHEP) this year.

Carnalridge PS, Portrush PS, DH Christie Memorial School and Hezlett PS are amongst the primary schools taking part in the Coleraine area.

Niamh McDaid, Cancer Focus NI’s Cancer Prevention Officer, said: “Children are learning about sun intensity, investigating when the sun’s intensity is greatest and ways to reduce the risk of UV damage, including staying in the shade, covering up and using sun cream.”

Sun Scientist links in with the CEA’s Key Stage 2 Northern Ireland Curriculum - Personal Understanding and Health.

It develops a pro-active and responsible approach to safety in the sun, and is an excellent teaching tool for teachers.

Aoife Clarke, from Lidl Northern Ireland, said: “Lidl is delighted to be able to lend support to the Sun Scientist programme. With rates of skin cancers rising, Lidl is committed to spreading the message about safety in the sun.

“Our Cien sun care range is affordable and shows consumers you don’t need to break the bank to stay safe in the sun.”