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Boxing Day Swim

Action Medical Research

Annual Boxing Day Swim 2016

Monday 26 December 2016

Ballyholme Yacht Club, Bangor


Can you really believe that it’s that time of year again!! Well it is, so get eating so that you are in the best shape to participate. How many sporting events give you that advice! As we stated before, “round” is probably the best one!

You have been fantastic at raising money over the years. Last year brought in over £4000! This year we would ask that you each raise a minimum of £10 as a donation, and please make a special effort to collect as much sponsorship as possible this year. We are currently funding some truly inspiring research projects and we want to continue to make a difference to so many lives!

The SPARKS NI Annual Boxing Day Swim challenge 2016 will take place on Monday 26th December at the Ballyholme Yacht Club, 10:45am for an 11:00am plunge, so put it into your Christmas calendar and turn up to renew old friendships or make new ones, while supporting a very worthy cause. This year as usual you are guaranteed to have plenty of craic, hot dogs, hot whiskey and an opportunity to catch up with old friends and make new ones. It is a family event and children are more than welcome!

The hot tip again for this year is to wear shoes as it makes the experience all the more pleasant and as usual pregnancy is the only excuse for avoiding participation.

We are currently funding some truly inspiring research projects and we want to continue to make a difference to so many lives, so please make a special effort to collect as much sponsorship as possible this year!  For the technically minded sponsorship can collected online by creating an online sponsorship page. Everyone who swims will receive a certificate and for those that raise more than £250, we will have a fabulous Paddington Bear for you to take home.  For more information please contact please contact Jenny Scullion on Tel: 02892 673 333 or Email: jscullion@action.org.uk.

All the money raised through this event will enable us to continue to fund the very best medical research to help stop the suffering of babies and children caused by disease and disability. We are currently funding three projects here in Northern Ireland, all of which are based between Queen’s University, Belfast and University of Ulster, Coleraine. The projects range from finding new ways to correct cataracts in newborns, the mysterious benefits of bifocals glasses for children born with Down's syndrome and investigating the reasons why some children born prematurely struggle with math at school.

Tom has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a rare and fatal condition that causes muscle weakness, and a relentless deterioration in physical abilities.  To understand more about what Action Medical Research is trying to achieve, please take five minutes to watch this short video

We hope you will raise as much money as you can and look forward to seeing you on Boxing Day with hotdogs and hot toddies in hand!

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