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Killer heels, cocktails and life-changing research in Scotland

Heel on tableNext month sees Action at the heart of the Scottish social scene, with two fabulous Killer Heels and Cocktails ladies’ lunches taking place on Friday 8 November. These popular, sell-out events, held in Glasgow and Aberdeen, are our biggest Scottish fundraisers of the year and in 2012 they together raised almost £100,000.

The Glasgow ladies’ lunch has been a firm fixture on the Action calendar for almost 30 years. Held at the Grand Central Hotel, this year’s edition will be hosted by presenter, journalist and author Martel Maxwell, who regularly appears debating the day's news on ITV’s Lorraine. Meanwhile, back by popular demand is Karen Dunbar, one of Scotland’s best-known comedy actors. Karen has been a long-time supporter of the Glasgow Ladies’ Lunch and says: “I have as much fun as the ladies on the day and it is great knowing that so much is being raised for such a worthwhile cause.”

Musical entertainment will come in the form of singer Edward Reid, who rose to fame as a semi-finalist on Britain’s Got Talent in 2011. He more recently scooped Radio Forth's Best Fringe 2012 award for his one-man show Living the Dream One Song at a Time.

The event is, once again, being generously supported by jewellers Eric N Smith Diamonds & Design, who have very kindly donated a watch worth £5,000 for the auction.

In Aberdeen, our fantastic local organising committee is busily planning their third Killer Heels and Cocktails lunch. In just three years this event has become a massive success, and these ladies really know how to deliver the ‘wow factor’.

Guests are promised ‘what every woman wants... wine, fashion, bare-chested kilted butlers, cocktails and, of course, those must-wear killer heels’. The committee likes to keep their entertainment a surprise until the day, but we can rest assured that their top-secret acts will be hot stuff!

The event is sponsored by Halliday Fraser Munro and there will be the chance to win a bespoke, individually designed necklace, courtesy of jeweller Jamieson & Carry, in the Killer Prize Raffle. Guests can also buy Guilty Pleasures, beautifully wrapped boxes with a stunning gift inside that is guaranteed to be worth more than they paid for it. And if that’s not enough, the ‘What a Girl Wants’ auction promises some fantastic lots to pamper and preen.

A history of Scottish success

Action has a long and proud history of supporting vital medical research in Scotland. We have invested more than £6.4 million over more than 30 years, funding a wide range of projects based in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dundee and St Andrews.

Some of our most important work includes:

Ultrasound scanning in pregnancy

Edinburgh Professor Ian Donald was credited with having pioneered the development of obstetric ultrasound to monitor the babies’ development in the womb. During the 1970s and 1980s Action awarded Donald and colleagues grants that supported the development of ultrasound techniques. Today, ultrasound scanning is routine during pregnancy across the world and is estimated to have almost halved the death rate for babies at birth.

Glasgow Coma Scale

We also supported the development of the famous Glasgow Coma Scale, published in 1974. The revolutionary scale is still the UK standard for assessing head injury severity, with ambulance crews trained in its use. It has also been translated into several languages and is used daily worldwide.

Duncan Guthrie Institute of Medical Genetics

The Duncan Guthrie Institute of Medical Genetics in Glasgow, the first of its kind in Europe, has received considerable support from Action. As well as research and teaching, the institute conducts many different genetic tests; for example testing samples from newborn babies all over Scotland for cystic fibrosis.

Current research

Our present research funding in Scotland includes projects into obesity in children, supporting the development of an eye tracker system to help diagnose visual field defects in children and investigating ways to uncover which babies are at risk of being stillborn. We are also funding new research into multiple sclerosis in children, which could lead to badly needed new treatments.

Your support is crucial

As Scotland continues to conduct medical research of the highest standard, Action will remain a significant supporter of this work. You can support us and help raise funds at our events. If you’re more a fitness fanatic than a social butterfly then we have plenty of active challenges coming up in 2014, from the tough Trossach’s PLOD to our Trossachs Ton and Glasgow 100 bike rides. For more information keep an eye on our Scotland regional page or contact

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