Apprentice star joins Belfast ladies for lunch in aid of Action Medical Research | Action Medical Research

Apprentice star joins Belfast ladies for lunch in aid of Action Medical Research

24 April 2013

Margaret Mountford of The Apprentice fame joined guests for the annual Belfast Ladies’ Lunch in aid of Action Medical Research (on Friday 19 April). More than 230 ladies attended the event at the Ramada Plaza and helped raise over £8,000 for the children’s charity, which is currently funding research based at Queens University of Belfast and the Royal Jubilee Maternity Hospital.

A former corporate lawyer, Margaret was born in Holywood in County Down and educated at Strathearn School. She rose to TV stardom as one of Lord Sugar’s original team of expert advisers on the popular BBC TV show.

The event was supported by Women in Business NI and sponsored by BDO NI, with guests being welcomed by TV presenter Pamela Ballantine who has just taken over as Committee Chair for the charity in Northern Ireland. Ever the professional broadcaster, Pamela interviewed Margaret, who within minutes had the whole room laughing as she shared some wonderful anecdotes and gave a lovely insight into the real Margaret Mountford.   

Jenny Scullion, Northern Ireland Community Fundraising Manager for Action Medical Research, said: “This year’s lunch was just fantastic, with the amount of money raised a new record for the event. We want to thank Margaret and everyone who attended and donated so generously, all the stall holders, ballot donators, goody bag donators and especially Adrienne Catherwood for donating and making all the lovely flower arrangements for the table centres which raised yet more money. We are all looking forward to next year already!”

Action Medical Research has just celebrated 60 years of funding medical breakthroughs to help sick and disabled children. The charity is currently funding four research projects in Northern Ireland. This includes: stillbirth – bringing high-tech surveillance to the womb; new treatments for retinopathy of prematurity, a condition that can cause childhood blindness; and ‘microneedle’ technology which could spare sick babies from painful blood tests.

For more information and details of forthcoming fundraising events visit or email Jenny Scullion at

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Hi-res images can be downloaded using the links below.

L-R  Pamela Ballantine, Chair of AMR NI; Margaret Mountford; Carol Malcolmson, Partner BDO NI; Roseann Kelly, CEO, Women In Business; Kate Marshall, Chairman of Women in Business.

Margaret Mountford

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Action Medical Research is a UK-wide charity saving and changing children’s lives through medical research.

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.

Just one breakthrough, however small, can mean the world.

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