2 April 2012
Over a 100 Scottish ladies rubbed shoulders with two popular crime writers in the prestigious George Hotel in Edinburgh City Centre as they gave up their time to raise vital funds for a charity.
Cocktails and Conversations organised on Friday 23 was a brand new event to raise money for children’s charity Action Medical Research.
It opened with a pink and sparkling cocktail reception and got everyone in the mood for a relaxed and sociable afternoon.
After a sumptuous lunch, Sony Award Winning Journalist and Presenter, Edi Stark engaged two of Scotland's acclaimed female crime writers in conversation. Caro Ramsay and Alex Gray laughed and entertained as they described life 'inside and out' of the gory and murky world of crime.
Caro Ramsay says: “It was a great pleasure to be able to attend such an enjoyable event for a worthwhile cause. My friend has a daughter with Rett Syndrome and I totally understand how important it is to support the fantastic work Action Medical Research.”
The event which had a select array of stalls selling jewellery, handbags and Cashmere was supported by Hendricks Gin and Waterstones Bookshop on Princes Street.
Janet Balcombe Fundraising Manager for AMR Scotland said: “I have rarely enjoyed an event as much as this. It was very relaxing, just like having lunch with friends. It is also fitting that it was organised here in Edinburgh as this city is home to considerable investment into medical research. It's always good to know that the money we raise is being put to good use so close to home.”
This year Action Medical Research celebrates 60 years of vital research. The charity is currently supporting work around meningitis, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, premature birth and some very rare conditions that severely affect children.
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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.