Press release

Lead singer helps raise over £20,000 by saddling up for charity’s London2Brighton cycle ride

14 September 2012

Martin Fry, ABC’s lead singer, joined over 250 riders for an iconic cycle challenge on Saturday 8 September and helped raise over £20,000 for children’s charity Action Medical Research.

Martin is an avid supporter of and has undertaken several cycling challenges for the charity. He said: “It was a fantastic ride for a fantastic cause. Everybody involved with Action Medical Research made it a brilliant day from start to finish. Loved the jelly babies at the food stops and the complimentary massage. Great food at the finish too. Major thanks to all the cyclists who rode out that day and tackled the Ditchling Beacon in fine style. Applause all round."

This late season ride attracted keen and passionate cyclists from all over the country. It was a fully supported ride including; chip timing, food and water stations, lunch, marshals and mechanics.

The event this year set out from the stunning Dulwich College in West Dulwich and took in the fabulous Surrey and Sussex countryside en-route to the mighty Ditchling Beacon before finally finishing at Hove Lawns along the Brighton seafront.

Alice Lisher, Event Manager from Action Medical Research said: “The third annual Independent London2Brighton ride was yet again a huge success and we'd like to thank all riders and supporters for their part in making Saturday's ride a day to remember. The September sun shone along this beautiful and iconic route and all our riders were able to enjoy a wonderful early autumn day in the saddle for Action Medical Research."

Action Medical Research is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2012 and since 1952 has spent more than £100 million on medical breakthroughs to help sick and disabled children. The charity is currently supporting work around meningitis, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, premature birth, and some very rare conditions that severely affect children.

For more information about Action Medical Research rides in 2013 visit the website http://www.action.org.uk/get_involved/cycling


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NOTES TO EDITORS:

Hi-res images can be downloaded using the links below:
http://www.action.org.uk/sites/default/files/downloads/press/martin_fry8.jpg

For more information about The Independent London2Brighton contact:

Alice Lisher, Community Fundraiser Manager, Action Medical Research
T 01273 270437
E alisher@action.org.uk

For further press information on Action Medical Research, please contact:

Prarthana Rao, Interim Senior Press and PR Officer
T 01403 327480
E prao@action.org.uk
W action.org.uk

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Action Medical Research - the leading UK-wide medical research charity dedicated to helping babies and children - is celebrating 60 years of vital research in 2012. We’ve been funding medical breakthroughs since we began in 1952 and have spent more than £100 million on research that has helped save thousands of children’s lives and changed many more. Today, we continue to find and fund the very best medical research to help stop the suffering of babies and children caused by disease and disability. We want to make a difference in:

• tackling premature birth and treating sick and vulnerable babies
• helping children affected by disability, disabling conditions and infections
• targeting rare diseases that together severely affect many forgotten children.

But there is still so much more to do. Make 2012 a special year and help fund more life-changing research for some of the UK’s sickest babies and children.