Crista Cullen is a Leicester, England & Great Britain (GB) Womens Hockey star. She played for GB in the Beijing Olympics and is going for Gold at the London 2012 Olympics.
Crista has over 150 Great Britain and England combined caps, being honoured with her first GB Cap when she was just 18. With Commonwealth, World Cup and European cup bronze medals and as Great Britain’s top goal scorer in the Beijing Olympics, Crista is widely recognised as one of the best hockey defenders in the world.
Born in Lincolnshire, Crista spent her early life growing up in Kenya, where her family still live, before moving to Leicestershire at the age of 12 to attend Oakham School. She went on to study Business Studies at Nottingham Trent University achieving a 2:1 Hons degree.
Photo to right supplied courtesy of GB Hockey
"Being someone who was lucky enough to detect the signs of skin cancer early and coming from a family who have had a number of skin issues through the generations, I fully support skin cancer awareness and education and am happy to become a patron of Skcin.
I was brought up in Africa where the sun is a way of life and being an International Great Britain Hockey player, spending lots of time outdoors, I have had to be very diligent with application of sunscreen to my lower lip, and the rest of my body since my incidence of skin cancer at the age of 18. In Africa we are all too aware of the strength of the sun, however here in the UK I think people are less wary of its strength and the likes of 'sunbeds' are used regularly to detrimental effect. Getting regular full body skin checks is important and I try to visit a specialist at least annually."
Dr. Chris Steele MBE
Dr. Chris Steele is the ”resident doctor” on the popular ITV This Morning programme. He appeared on the very first show twenty years ago and still appears each week. Chris who qualified as a doctor in l968 also writes for both Woman magazine and Top Sante. Perhaps more than any other clinician, Dr Chris had pioneered the use of the television and internet mediums to inform and educate the general public on a whole range of health matters, including having his own skin cancer removed live on the This Morning show. When it comes to skin cancer Dr Chris openly admits he made a few mistakes as a teenager. ‘I used to have terrible acne when I was about 16. My mother bought a little sun lamp which was just like a bulb. I read the instructions and it said, “On first use, sit in front of it for two minutes.” I sat in front of it for 20 minutes thinking it would be better! I burnt my face and was covered in blisters the next morning. I also used to have a sunbed and we’d have holidays where I’d lie in the sun all day long – all before we knew sun exposure caused skin cancer. I didn’t think I was doing anything wrong. But children and teenagers should never burn, because burning at that age puts you at high risk of skin cancer 40 years on.’ And so it was, 40 years later, when Dr Chris was 56, that he sat in the This Morning studio, again live on air, and had his skin cancer removed from his face. ‘I had a great chunk cut out of my cheek – like a crater!’ Once he had learned of the aims and objectives of the charity, Chris was very keen to get involved and helps Skcin to raise skin cancer awareness nationwide.
Gary Wolstenholme MBE
Gary Wolstenholme is England’s most capped amateur golfer and has played more than 200 times for Enbland in no less that six Walker Cup matches, a remarkable record. Gary turned professional at the age of 47 and shot a round of 63 to win a EuroPro Tour event at the age of 49. On turning 50 Gary finished third in his first outing on the European Seniors Tour, the Travis Perkins Masters at Woburn and won on only his second outing on the European Seniors Tour at the Casa Serena Open. Gary won Rookie of the year in 2011 on the Seniors tour and has already had two tour victories in 2012.
Gary has strong views on the need to create a greater awareness of the dangers of over exposure to the sun and is a stanch supporter of Skcin.
He helps to spread the word on sun safety and skin cancer, as he competes at home and abroad. Gary now also sports the Skcin logo on the collar of his playing shirts to raise the profile of the charity and the disease.