Dursley man riding from Istanbul to UK for children’s charity
James Prescott from Dursley is riding 2,700 miles from Istanbul in Turkey to the UK in aid of children’s charity, Action Medical Research. Every year since 2006 James has ridden the charity’s 100 mile route from Bristol to London and to celebrate his 40th birthday he plans to take on this mammoth six-week cycling challenge.
James says: “I love long distance cycle journeys and it’s my 40th this year so I decided on a big adventure. Action Medical Research is a fantastic charity doing lots of amazing work to help sick babies and children and I can’t think of a better charity to fundraise for.”
His route back to the UK will take in Greece, Croatia, Slovenia, Italy and France. He hopes that friends from his cycling club will join him to ride some of the later stages in Italy and France, although it will mainly be a solo cycling expedition.
James fundraises for Action Medical Research because he has a personal connection to the charity’s work. He and his partner had twins which were miscarried at 32 weeks. James’s youngest son was also born 10 weeks premature.
James says: “I didn’t know much about the charity until my children needed medical care. I believe that had it not been for the work that Action Medical Research has undertaken in the past, my son may not have survived.”
The money he raises will help fund medical research into conditions affecting babies and children. Medical research can save and change children’s lives. Yet surprisingly, medical research into conditions that devastate children’s lives is poorly funded. Action Medical Research has been funding medical breakthroughs since it began in 1952. The charity is currently supporting work around premature birth, epilepsy, meningitis, cerebral palsy and brain cancer, as well as some rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.
Follow his adventures here: http://jamesaprescott.blogspot.co.uk/
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Action Medical Research is a UK-wide charity saving and changing children’s lives through medical research. 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.
Just one breakthrough, however small, can mean the world.
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