Children’s charity seeks helping hands in Volunteers’ Week | Action Medical Research

Children’s charity seeks helping hands in Volunteers’ Week

25 May 2011

June 1 to 7 is Volunteers’ Week and national children’s charity Action Medical Research is appealing for local helpers who can spare a few hours to support future community fundraising events across the UK.

Every year the charity runs a packed programme of challenge events including long distance bike rides, the RIDE100 series, and overnight endurance walks called PLODs. All of these activities rely on dedicated crews of staff and volunteers to make them happen.

Volunteer crew members are fully supported, briefed and advised on all aspects of their duties, which could include things like registering teams, marshalling or manning a refreshment stop.

Money raised by the charity helps fund vital medical research into conditions affecting babies and children.

David Graham, Head of Community Fundraising, says: “If you’re a keen cyclist, trekker or just love the outdoors then volunteering for us is a great way to meet like-minded people and be involved in an activity you enjoy. At the same time you will be helping us raise awareness and money to fund vital medical research to help sick babies, children with disabilities and those suffering from a rare disease. We know your time is precious but to us it is priceless because without volunteer support we simply couldn’t put on the number of high-quality events we do.”

If you can spare a few hours of your time to lend a hand then Action Medical Research would love to hear from you. For details of the charity's events programme visit www.action.org.uk/get_involved and to find out more about volunteering email Nicky Clarke at nclarke@action.org.uk

Volunteers’ Week is an annual event which celebrates the fantastic contribution that millions of volunteers make across the UK. Over 22 million people  are involved in volunteering in the UK every year.


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NOTES TO EDITORS:

For press information please contact:

Clare Airey, Senior Press & PR Officer
T 01403 327480
E cairey@action.org.uk
W action.org.uk

Action Medical Research is the leading UK-wide medical research charity dedicated to helping babies and children. We know that medical research can save and change children’s lives. For nearly 60 years we have been instrumental in significant medical breakthroughs, including the development of the UK polio vaccine and ultrasound scanning in pregnancy.

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.

About National Volunteers Week
In England, half of all people have volunteered (formally or informally) at least once a month. This translates to 20.4 million people. This is a significant increase from 2001 (47% and 18.8 million people), http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/citizensurvey.html

Volunteering England works to promote volunteering as a powerful force for change, both for those who volunteer and for the wider community. For further information go to www.volunteering.org.uk or call 0845 305 6979.

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