Press releases archive

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 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.

Over 350 take part in Davina McCall’s Action Diva Sussex bike ride

On Sunday 11 May, over 350 people, including 70 men, cycled Davina McCall’s Action DIVA Sussex ride. The event raised over £35,000 for children’s charity, Action Medical Research. This is the fourth year that Action’s celebrity ambassador Davina has fronted the DIVA rides for the charity she has supported since she was a child.

12 May 2014

Local volunteer clocks up more than 30 years for children’s charity

Margaret Girvan, from Rothesay on the Isle of Bute, has announced her retirement from volunteering with children’s charity Action Medical Research after more than 30 years. As Chair of the Rothesay Committee for Action, Margaret has run the charity’s only permanent charity shop and has helped raise over £113,000 in the last ten years alone.

Charity cyclists take part in SUFFOLK SUNRISE 100 ride

Over 800 cyclists took part in the Suffolk Sunrise 100 bike ride on Sunday (11 May), which is expected to raise over £80,000 for children’s charity Action Medical Research.

The event took place at Framlingham College against the beautiful backdrop of the castle and followed the stunning country and coastal lanes around Suffolk.

Nayland man takes on ultimate cycling challenge!

Steve Maguire from Nayland is set to take on the ultimate cycling challenge – the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey in aid of children’s charity, Action Medical Research. On Sunday 10 August, Steve will become part of the Olympic cycling legacy on this 100 mile closed road circular route starting from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. The route takes in the beautiful Surrey Hills before tackling the infamous Boxhill and then back to London for a grand finale on The Mall. 

Paraplegic Crawley man enters 24-hour non-stop endurance cycle race

Robert Groves, 58, from Crawley, left paralysed from the waist down after a serious accident eight years ago has entered the original and best 24-hour non-stop endurance cycle race, RIDE24. Held at the famous Thruxton Motor Circuit, 6-7 September, the race is organised by children’s charity, Action Medical Research.

Thruxton is a world renowned 2.4-mile motor circuit, famous for being one of the fastest in the UK. This ultimate in biking challenges sees teams of four and solo riders racing night and day on  the closed circuit.

7 May 2014

Volunteer clocks up 47 years supporting children’s charity

Ethel Bristow, from Reigate, has raised money for Action Medical Research for an incredible 47 years. A former Treasurer of the Reigate Committee, Ethel is now an amazing 106 years old and understandably retired from supporting the children’s charity.

When the charity heard about Ethel’s centenarian celebrations and long service, the local Community Fundraising Manager arranged for her to receive a special token of appreciation. This was presented to Ethel at the nursing home where she now lives in Reigate.

Laura Baillie, born premature, takes on DIVA Sussex charity bike ride

27-year-old, Hove resident, Laura Baillie will join hundreds of women and TV star Davina McCall on Sunday 11 May on the Action DIVA Sussex bike ride. Riders will be raising vital funds for children’s charity Action Medical Research and it’s not too late to join in the fun – you can decide on the day and still join in.

For cycling newcomer Laura, Marketing Assistant at local Sussex based company Icon Live, the event will be her first organised ride. The charity cause is also one that is close to her heart as she was born prematurely at just 27 weeks.