11 May 2012
Dr Lucy Raymond, genetics expert from the University of Cambridge, is this Sunday taking part in the Suffolk Sunrise 100 bike ride – one of Suffolk’s biggest. Lucy and other cyclists participating in the ride will be raising funds for the children’s charity Action Medical Research.
The Suffolk Sunrise 100 is one of charity Action Medical Research’s most popular bike rides, with a record recruitment last year of over 800 participants.
Dr Raymond says: “I am only too happy to get involved with raising funds for Action Medical Research. It is a great charity. The charity has funded an investigation into the genetic causes of stillbirth, for which I am the lead researcher, as well as other medical research for the benefit of thousands of babies and children.”
With funding from Action Medical Research, Dr Raymond is looking for genetic causes of stillbirth to give more parents an explanation for their sad loss. “This knowledge could be invaluable. It could help bereaved parents to make sense of their tragic loss, reach closure and readjust to life after their baby’s death,” Dr Raymond says.
Around 4,000 babies are stillborn each year in the UK and many others die soon after birth.1 Losing a baby in such tragic circumstances is deeply upsetting – the grief can be overwhelming. Often, it is not possible to work out exactly why the baby died, leaving great uncertainty and anxiety for couples embarking on a subsequent pregnancy.
The Suffolk Sunrise bike ride sets out from the beautiful grounds of Framlingham College with fabulous views of the castle. It offers a choice of a 100-mile or a shorter 100km route setting, taking in the scenic Suffolk countryside. It is supported by leading bike brand Trek.
Action Medical Research is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2012 and since 1952 has spent more than £100 million on research that has helped save thousands of children’s lives and changed many more. The charity is currently supporting research in areas such as meningitis, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, premature birth, and some very rare conditions that severely affect children.
This event is part of the charity’s popular RIDE100 series of one-day bike rides taking place across the UK. All include chip timing, food and water stations, lunch, marshals and mechanics.
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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.
Action Medical Research has more than 30 years experience in organising successful bike rides. Routes are monitored and clearly signposted. Snack and lunch stops are provided and medical and mechanical staff are on hand at all times.
The RIDE100 series is supported by Trek Bicycle, a global leader in the design and manufacture of bicycles and related products. Trek believes the bicycle can be a simple solution to many of the world’s most complex problems, and is committed to breaking down the barriers that prevent people from using bicycles more often for transportation, recreation, and inspiration. For more information about Trek, visit www.trekbikes.com