Daybreak weather presenter gives it some welly to help sick babies and children | Action Medical Research

Daybreak weather presenter gives it some welly to help sick babies and children

9 September 2011

Daybreak weather presenter Kirsty McCabe is forecasting a day of welly-wearing in the name of charity on Friday 16 September. The new mum, who recently returned to our screens on ITV’s breakfast show, is supporting children’s charity Action Medical Research and its Wear your Wellies fundraising event.

The event is inspired by the charity’s furry fundraising mascot Paddington Bear, who can often be seen sporting his best shiny red wellies.

Whether it’s funky festival boots, green gardening ones or trusty winter walkers, it’s really easy to join in with Wear your Wellies day. To run a Wear your Wellies day at your workplace, college or school all you need to do is sign up now, download your free fundraising resources and then ask everyone to wear their favourite boots on Friday 16 September and collect a donation of £2 from each welly wearer.

Kirsty says: “With any luck the sun will be shining on Friday 16th September, but knowing the UK’s weather it’ll be wet! Either way, I’m hoping to see lots of people across the nation wearing their wellies to have a bit of fun and help Action Medical Research raise much needed funds.

“The money raised will help fund vital medical research to help sick babies and children, offering hope to many thousands of families across the UK. As a new mum myself, I appreciate just how important this work is.”

Research currently being supported by Action Medical Research includes work around pregnancy complications and premature birth, cerebral palsy, meningitis and epilepsy, as well as some very rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.

Visit www.wearyourwellies.com to register now and download fundraising materials to support your event.

Go on… give it some welly!

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

Hi-res images of Kirsty McCabe and Paddington in their wellies can be downloaded using the links below (credit to Moe Kafer):

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http://www.action.org.uk/sites/default/files/downloads/press/wellies_kirsty_with_paddington_on_rock.jpg

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http://www.action.org.uk/sites/default/files/downloads/press/wellies_paddington_and_kirsty.jpg

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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.

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