Glasgow ladies raise £40,000 for children’s charity | Action Medical Research

Glasgow ladies raise £40,000 for children’s charity

13 November 2013

Around 300 ladies from across Scotland gathered at the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow on Friday (8 November) and raised around £40,000 at the Killer Heels and Cocktails annual ladies’ lunch in aid of children’s charity Action Medical Research.

The sell-out event is one of the charity’s biggest Scottish fundraisers of the year and has been a firm fixture on the calendar for almost 30 years. This year’s edition was hosted by presenter, journalist and author Martel Maxwell and featured entertainment from the ever-popular Karen Dunbar.

Music was provided by singer Edward Reid, who rose to fame as a semi-finalist on Britain’s Got Talent in 2011. He more recently scooped Radio Forth's Best Fringe 2012 award for his one-man show Living the Dream One Song at a Time.

The event was, once again, very generously supported by jewellers Eric N Smith Diamonds & Design, who kindly donated a watch worth more than £5,000 for the auction. Hendrick’s Gin and the Grand Central Hotel sponsored the drinks reception.

Action Medical Research funds vital work to benefit sick and disabled babies and children and has over the last 30 years invested more than £6.4 million in projects based in Scotland.

Work currently being funded includes a University of Glasgow study into multiple sclerosis in children, which could lead to badly needed new treatments. The charity is also supporting research into pregnancy complications and preventing stillbirth, and the development of a new computer system to diagnose visual field defects in children, both based at the University of Edinburgh.

Karen Dunbar, a long-time supporter of the ladies’ lunch, says: “I have as much fun as the ladies on the day and it is great knowing that so much is being raised for such a worthwhile cause.”

Cecilia Cooper, from Action Medical Research Scotland, says: “We’re hugely grateful to all those who attended this year’s event and those who worked so hard to help put it all together. It’s thanks to such loyal support that the charity is able to fund vital medical research projects here in Scotland.”

For information on next year’s Killer Heels and Cocktails lunch please contact Cecilia Cooper on 01236 782820 or email

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Edward Reid and Karen Dunbar

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Cecilia Cooper, Community Fundraiser for Scotland

T         01236 782820 



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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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