‘Cycling event of the year’ retains its crown: charity success continues the London 2012 cycling legacy | Action Medical Research

‘Cycling event of the year’ retains its crown: charity success continues the London 2012 cycling legacy

23 November 2012

Champions of CycleSport Dinner – the annual cycling event organised by children’s charity Action Medical Research – was hailed a phenomenal success by guests last night. The event today keeps its crown as ‘the cycling event of the year’, so named last year by Chris Boardman MBE.

Guests celebrated a golden year of cycling with the chance to mingle with their heroes; and the event raised an incredible £178,000 to help sick babies and children. Bids were made on a whole host of money-can’t-buy cycling and desirable items in the live and silent auctions.

The charity partnered with UK’s No.1 online cycle and tri-sport retailer, Wiggle, for its third annual event which was held at The Hurlingham Club in London, Thursday 22 November.

This star-studded event celebrated the charity’s passion for all things cycling. The 650 guests were joined by some of the biggest names on two wheels including Chris Boardman MBE, Dave Brailsford CBE, Rochelle Gilmore, Joanna Rowsell, Jonathan Tiernan-Locke, Jody Cundy and Rob Hayles.

Joanna Rowsell, the charity’s Cycling Ambassador, says: “What a great year for cycling! The Champions of CycleSport Dinner was a true celebration of this. I’m really excited to be Cycling Ambassador for such a worthwhile charity and one that is so passionate about cycling. Sign up to one of Action Medical Research’s events today and help carry the London 2012 cycling legacy forward further.”

It was a night to remember with live and exclusive interviews with the Champions, conducted by Sky TV's Dermot Murnaghan.

Action Medical Research Head of Fundraising, David Graham, says: “It was overwhelming to see such an array of celebrities and cycling industry leaders, as well as many good friends who jump into the saddle for Action! Cycling contributes significant income towards our important work saving and changing children’s lives and to be associated with such passionate individuals from all walks of life inspires us on a daily basis.”

This year Action Medical Research celebrates 60 years of vital research. The charity is currently supporting work around Down syndrome, meningitis, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, premature birth and some very rare conditions that severely affect children.

For more information on the Champions of CycleSport Dinner, supported by Wiggle visit: www.action.org.uk/timeforchampions

For more details on Action Medical Research cycling events visit: www.action.org.uk/cycling

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

Hi-res images can be downloaded using the links below (please credit: Sportive Photo Ltd):

The Hurlingham Club in London:
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Sky TV's Dermot Murnaghan interviews Dave Brailsford CBE
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Sky TV's Dermot Murnaghan interviews Joanna Rowsell
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Sky TV's Dermot Murnaghan interviews Chris Boardman MBE
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Left to right: Adam Ryan (Wiggle Marketing), Rochelle Gilmore, Joanna Rowsell, Humphrey Cobbold (Wiggle CEO) http://www.action.org.uk/sites/default/files/downloads/press/champions-012.jpg

Chris Boardman MBE and Dave Brailsford CBE
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For more information about Champions of CycleSport Dinner, supported by Wiggle please contact:
Sarah Stevenson, Community Fundraising Manager
T 01273 735788
E sarahs@action.org.uk

For further press information on Action Medical Research please contact:
Prarthana Rao, Senior Press and PR Officer
T 01403 327480
E prao@action.org.uk
W action.org.uk

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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.

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