Television's antiques expert David Battie has agreed to support a nationwide event organised by the charity which brought us life-saving polio and rubella vaccines, the artificial hip joint and ultrasound scans.
The Pot of Gold coffee mornings organised by the leading UK medical research charity Action Research, will be staged across the UK on Friday and Saturday March 5 and 6, 1999.
"The importance of Action Research's work really hit home recently when my elder daughter came within hours of death", says the founder contributor to the BBC's 'Antiques Roadshow'. "Pre-eclampsia was diagnosed just in time and, two and a half months early, I was presented with a grand-daughter."
As well as funding work into pre-eclampsia, Action Research supports over 150 projects of scientific excellence. Many relate to premature births, and diseases and disabilities affecting children such as cot death, meningitis and breathing difficulties.
"Anything that can be done to promote medical research to save lives deserves our support", adds David who is a director of auctioneers Sotheby's. "Please help by supporting the Pot of Gold coffee mornings in whatever way you can."
Hundreds of coffee mornings, held across the UK, will help the charity's fight against disease and disability. At every one there is a raffle, and each winner is entered in the national draw and has the opportunity to win the Pot of Gold of £2,500 in cash.
The events are easy to organise and, in past years, have been held in private houses, village halls, churches, schools and in the workplace. Information packs are available by calling the hot-line on 01403 210 406.
"The Pot of Gold theme continues to grow every year," says event organiser Fiona Oomes. "So far it has raised over £40,000 to help Action Research doctors find treatments for sick children and adults. Our target is £l00,000."
Your donation could help fund vital research for children