Charity work provides support and encouragement for young parents | Action Medical Research

Charity work provides support and encouragement for young parents

22 March 2005
Research shows that many young parents struggle to cope with the dramatic change in lifestyle when they have children, and many young women in particular, having given up work, can feel isolated and unable to further develop the skills they gained during their career. One way in which young parents in this situation can overcome these feelings is to volunteer for a few hours a week with a charity. Action Medical Research is currently appealing for the parents of young children to join the Touch a Tiny Life campaign, which aims to raise funds to help find answers to the problems of pregnancy and baby health by asking young parents to organize a fundraising event in their local community. Each year, around 70,000 babies are born premature in the UK and require some form of special care. Sadly, around 3,000 of them will die before their first birthday. Community Fundraising Manager for Action Medical Research Jennifer Reid said: ”We want to reduce the number of babies who die before their first birthday, or have to live with cerebral palsy or learning difficulties. Young parents who can volunteer just a few hours a week to organize an event can make a big impact on our fundraising efforts, and at the same time, give themselves a chance to socialize with their peers and develop their skills, or even learn new ones. We have a fundraising pack available for anyone interested in putting together an event, such as a teddy bear’s picnic for local children, and I will be on hand to provide support.” The Action Medical Research campaign Touching Tiny Lives aims to raise over £3,000,000 to fund vital research, and hopes to help many young parents be part of a campaign which will have a significant impact on the future of thousands of children and parents in the UK. To find out more about how you can make a difference by volunteering just a few hours of your time, please contact Jennifer Reid on 01779 355 040 or email jreid@action.org.uk Famous for its work in developing the UK’s first polio vaccine, Action Medical Research funds pioneering medical research to benefit babies, children and adults across the UK. The charity is currently funding research into feeding premature babies at Southmead Hospital in Bristol. ## ENDS NOTES TO EDITORS For more information, please contact: Zoë Mitchell, PR Officer, tel: 01403 327404, email: zmitchell@action.org.uk
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