Glasgow Ladies’ Lunch raises thousands to help sick babies and children | Action Medical Research

Glasgow Ladies’ Lunch raises thousands to help sick babies and children

10 November 2011

Around 300 ladies from across Scotland gathered at the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow on Friday (4 November) and raised more than £45,000 at the annual Ladies’ Lunch event in aid of children’s charity Action Medical Research.

The charity funds vital work to benefit sick babies and children and is currently supporting research projects based in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.

The sell-out event included entertainment from comedienne Karen Dunbar and tribute band Take That 2, as well as an auction and raffle with some fantastic prizes.

Janet Balcombe, from Action Medical Research Scotland, says: “We’re hugely grateful to all those who attended this year’s Glasgow Ladies’ Lunch and those who worked so hard to help put together and run a fantastic event. It’s thanks to such loyal support that the charity is able to fund vital medical research projects here in Scotland. A special thank you to the four students from Hutchesons' Grammar School who volunteered on the day and to Eric N Smith Jewellers, who have generously supported us for many years and kindly donated a beautiful Piaget diamond ring for the auction.”

Action Medical Research funds vital work to benefit sick babies and children and has over the last 30 years invested over £6 million in more than 70 projects based in Scotland.

Work currently being funded by the charity includes the development of a potential new vaccine against a bacterium which can cause meningitis and pneumonia involving a team from Glasgow Biomedical Research Centre. Meanwhile, in Edinburgh the charity is supporting research into Rett Syndrome, a rare neurological condition that causes severe disability, and the development of a new computer system to diagnose visual field defects in children.

Action Medical research celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2012 and has a proud heritage of supporting medical breakthroughs in Scotland. This has included funding some of the work of Professor Ian Donald, the pioneer of ultrasound scanning in pregnancy, developing the Glasgow Coma scale used to assess consciousness after head injury and helping fund the Duncan Guthrie Institute of Medical Genetics in Glasgow, the first of its kind in Europe.

For more information contact Cecilia Cooper on 01236 782820 or email


For further information, interview requests and photographs please contact:

Clare Airey, Senior Press & PR Officer
T 01403 327480

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.

Help us spread the word