Charity volunteers clock up more than 115 years service | Action Medical Research

Charity volunteers clock up more than 115 years service

5 June 2013

Members of the Haywards Heath and Lindfield Committee of national children’s charity Action Medical Research have been presented with special awards in recognition of their dedicated long service.

The six charity volunteers organise a number of local fundraising activities every year and have clocked up more than 115 years support between them. But they are not resting on their laurels, on receiving their certificates committee Chair Jill Thomas said they had lots planned for the future and would love to attract some new recruits to help!

Money raised by the committee members helps fund vital medical research into conditions affecting babies and children. Among the events they organise is the annual Peter James Golf Classic, supported by the Sussex-based crime novelist, which last year raised £11,000. This year’s event will be held at Haywards Heath Golf Club on 11 September and the committee is currently looking for sponsorship and raffle prizes for the day. Other events in the pipeline include a lunch and a flower arranging demonstration.

Longest serving member Hazel Gubbin has been raising money for 37 years, while Hedvig Bodley has clocked up 32 years. Sarah Baldock, a past committee chair, has been involved for 26 years and Jill has 13 years under her belt. Meanwhile, Janet Pickett and Paula Richardson are relative newcomers, having so far served five and two years respectively with the committee.

Jill says: “We’re a jolly committee and we have fun but we always need more people to muck in. We’re especially keen to recruit some younger members to complement our maturity! If anybody would be interested in helping in any way please get in touch.”

Sarah Stevenson, the charity’s Community Fundraising Manager for the South East, said: “We’re very proud to present the committee with their awards in recognition of their exceptional commitment and dedication over so many years. It is thanks to the extraordinary hard work of volunteers like them that the charity has been able to establish such a long and distinguished track record of funding life-changing research to help babies and children.”

For further information on the charity please visit Anyone who is interested in supporting the Haywards Heath and Lindfield Committee or the Peter James Golf Classic should call 01444 482362.

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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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