Press releases archive

1 July 2014

Three new Research Training Fellowships awarded by Action Medical Research

Action Medical Research, the leading UK-wide charity funding vital research to help sick and disabled babies children and young people, has today announced it is funding three new Research Training Fellowships worth £553,901.

Research Training Fellows carry out a key piece of research to help children and undertake training to develop their research expertise.

Medical research can save and change children’s lives. Yet surprisingly, medical research into conditions that devastate children’s lives is poorly funded.

27 June 2014

Last chance to grab tickets to Suffolk’s biggest charity music festival

Gig in the Garden, the Suffolk event on the festival calendar, returns on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 July at Wicks Farm, Mendlesham near Stowmarket. The two-day event, organised by children’s charity Action Medical Research, has camping available and follows the sell-out success of 2013’s debut. There are still tickets available and Action is calling on people to snap them up before they sell out.

Headline acts for the weekend include Queen tribute band The Bohemians and local superstars Polar Collective. The boys from the band say:

20 June 2014

Join the fun and celebrate Paddington Bear’s birthday

Children’s charity, Action Medical Research is calling on the nation to help celebrate its mascot’s birthday later this month. Paddington™, the lovable furry friend from all our childhoods, celebrates his summer birthday on Wednesday 25 June this year.

19 June 2014

New Peter James' 'Want You Dead' Missing Evidence Game launched

Children’s charity Action Medical Research today launches the 2014 Peter James Golf Classic and, new for this year, the ‘Want You Dead’ Missing Evidence Game.

The annual Golf Classic is now in its fifth year, raising over £52,000 for the charity, and will take place on Wednesday 10 September, again at the finely manicured and carefully maintained Haywards Heath Golf Club

11 June 2014

Last call for riders for Chiltern charity cycle challenge

Cycling challenge, the Chiltern Challenge100, will take place in Thame on Sunday 22 June and children’s charity Action Medical Research is calling for riders to sign up now for this fantastic event. There is a choice of Cool (42 miles), Classic (71 miles) and Champion (103 miles) routes setting out from Chinnor Rugby Club.

6 June 2014

Big Walk for Tiny Lives charity event at Loyton Lodge

A Big Walk for Tiny Lives event is taking place at Loyton Lodge, Tiverton, on Sunday 14 September in aid of children’s charity Action Medical Research.  This fun walking event for all the family aims to raise funds for the charity and also to increase awareness of its work. Action Medical Research is also Loyton Lodge’s Charity of the Year.

3 June 2014

Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June): High five to all who lend a hand for our charity

Children’s charity Action Medical Research is taking the time to especially mark the 30th anniversary of Volunteers Week (1-7 June) by giving a ‘high five’ to all, past and present, who have lent a hand over the years. They launch their #ActionHi5 social media campaign today.

Over 22 million people are involved in volunteering in the UK every year and Volunteers’ Week celebrates their fantastic contribution.

23 May 2014

Meet Paddington Bear™ and support his favourite UK charity: Dragon Boat racing event at Paddington Basin

The 2,000 year-old legend of Dragon Boat Racing will be taking place at Paddington Basin on the evening of Thursday 12 June. The event has been running at Paddington since 2000 and will this year be supporting children’s charity Action Medical Research, Paddington Bear’s favourite UK charity. Paddington Bear himself will be making an appearance at the race which begins with team briefings at 5pm.

Children’s charity asks age old question: which is best, Devon on Cornish Cream Tea?

A UK children’s charity is calling on the nation to vote once and for all on the age-old question: which cream tea style is best, Devon or Cornish? Over 200 people have already entered the poll and the charity is calling on the nation to vote now to settle the well-known dispute. Visit www.action.org.uk/time4tea to cast your vote now.

12 new designers launch ‘real deal’ charity Christmas cards

Twelve artists from around the country have launched a range of Christmas cards where the beneficiary charity, Action Medical Research, receives all of the money. The cards were formally launched at Progressive Greetings Live in London on 13 May and will be available to buy on the Action Medical Research website later in the year.

Team run Bupa Great Women's 10k Glasgow for children’s charity

A team of seven women from Glasgow ran the city’s Bupa Great Women’s 10k in aid of Action Medical Research. Carole Grieve, her mum Carole Muir and two cousins Tracy McQueer and Amanda Hendry, as well as Cecilia Cooper, her daughter, Nicole and Tessa Gallacher all ran in the event on Sunday 11 May, raising £800 to help sick babies and children.

Over 800 cyclists join TV’s Phil Spencer for charity cycle ride

Both Phil Spencer, from Location, Location, Location and former professional footballer turned Sky Sports Football League pundit, Nicky Forster, saddled up for the Castle Ride 100 in Kent last Sunday. Over 800 riders set out from Tonbridge Castle for the ride organised by children’s charity Action Medical Research, raising over £50,000 to help sick babies and children.

Last call for riders for Peak District charity cycle challenge

Cycling challenge, the Peak District 100, will take place in this national park area on Sunday 15 June and children’s charity Action Medical Research is calling for riders to sign up now for its toughest event.

There is a choice of Cool (41 miles), Classic (74 miles) and Champion (100 miles) routes setting out from the HSBC Sports Club in Dore, Sheffield.

22 May 2014

Suffolk charity music festival line up announced BIGGER better Gig in the Garden for 2014

Gig in the Garden, the family music festival bought to you by children’s charity Action Medical Research, returns this July. The event will again be hosted by Wicks Farm, Mendlesham near Stowmarket.

The Suffolk event on the festival calendar will this year be a two-day event, with camping available, following the sell-out success of 2013’s debut. It takes place on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 July 2014 and is this year sponsored by Abbeygate Wealth Management.

15 May 2014

Charity announces partnership with Chain Reaction Cycles

Children’s charity Action Medical Research has teamed up with Chain Reaction Cycles. The world's largest online bike store will partner on the 2014 Action RIDE100 and DIVA series, which kicked off last weekend with Davina’s DIVA Sussex and the Suffolk Sunrise 100 on Sunday 11 May.