Foot and Mouth Crisis Hits Health Charity
10 April 2001
A leading medical research charity could lose as much as a quarter of a million pounds in essential fundraising due to the escalating foot and mouth crisis.
Action Research, which is committed to helping overcome disease and disability, depends on the revenue generated from fundraising activities across the UK to pump into research projects at the cutting edge of medicine.
Action Research’s Director of Campaigns and Communications, John Grounds, says: ‘Sadly many of these events, both nationally and regionally, have been cancelled or are under increasing threat, which is beginning to cause concern. It could be just the tip of the iceberg.’
The charity’s regional managers have already been forced to pull sponsored walks, lunches, and balls. One national event already postponed is the annual Three Peaks Challenge - in which participants conquer the three highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales in 24 hours.
Mr Grounds adds: ‘Events that were designed to take place before the beginning of June but have, or could be, cancelled could set back the charity as much as a quarter of a million pounds in fundraising.
‘No doubt, the crisis is having a devastating effect on farming communities and we appreciate steps need to be taken in trying to curb the spread of the disease. We have great sympathy and will continue to behave responsibly.
‘But industries such as tourism are not alone in suffering from the adverse knock-on effects. Regrettably, charities like ours are also beginning to feel the strain. Fundraising events are our life-blood.’
Action Research is fast approaching its 50th anniversary and its Touching Lives Campaign aims to raise £2m for vital medical research.
For further information, please contact Nicole Duckworth or Duncan Barkes in the Action Research press office on 01403 327403/404.