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Geraint Thomas becomes Cycling Ambassador for children’s charity Action Medical Research

17 February 2011

Children’s charity Action Medical Research is pleased to announce multiple track cycling world champion and Olympic gold medallist Geraint Thomas MBE as a new ambassador for its programme of cycling events.

Thomas, who will be competing in the UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics in Manchester this weekend (18-20 February), won Olympic gold in the team pursuit at 2008’s Beijing Games and rides for the professional Team Sky. In last year’s Tour de France he wore the white jersey for best young rider.

Action Medical Research has established a very strong reputation for its programme of challenge cycling events and Thomas joins fellow Welsh Olympic gold medallist Nicole Cooke as a Cycling Ambassador.

The charity’s packed 2011 cycling schedule features 28 rides taking place all over the UK and beyond. These include the UK 100 Series of 22 one-day regional rides, UK End 2 End where cyclists take on the iconic Lands End to John O’Groats ride in just nine days and RIDE24, the 24-hour team relay race. Action Medical Research also runs the biggest London to Paris ride in the charity sector. In the last ten years this one event has raised more than £4.6 million, with last year’s riders being the first to raise more than £1 million in a single year.

Money raised by the charity through its cycling programme helps fund vital medical research into conditions affecting babies and children. Research currently being supported by Action Medical Research includes work around premature birth, cerebral palsy, meningitis and epilepsy, as well as some very rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.

Geraint Thomas said: “We take it for granted that most children will learn to ride a bike one day, however that is not the case. Action Medical Research funds vital research to help children affected by disease and disabilities, who struggle with everyday life. I attended the charity’s Champions of Cycle Sport Dinner last November and saw for myself just how important their fundraising is. I am really proud to be able to help them in this way.”

Lewis Coghlin, Director of Fundraising at Action Medical Research, said “We’re delighted that Geraint has agreed to become a Cycling Ambassador for Action Medical Research. Our cycling events raise vital funds for our important work to help stop the suffering of babies and children caused by disease and disability and having an Olympic gold medalist and rising star to help promote what we do is fantastic.  

“Geraint will help raise awareness of our unique range of tough charity rides. He joins fellow Welsh Olympic gold medal winner, Nicole Cooke – an ambassador with Action Medical Research for the last two years – to form an unbeatable combination for babies and children who need the hope that medical research can provide.”

For more information about the Action Medical Research cycling programme visit the website action.org.uk/cycling

For more information on Geraint Thomas visit geraintthomas.com

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

For enquiries about Geraint Thomas and his relationship with Action Medical Research, and more information on the charity’s cycling events, please contact:

Clare Airey, Senior Press & PR Officer
T 01403 327480
E cairey@action.org.uk
W action.org.uk

Action Medical Research has 30 years experience in organising successful bike rides. Routes are monitored and clearly signposted. Snack and lunch stops are provided and medical and mechanical staff are on hand at all times.

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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