HIGH FIVE! | Action Medical Research


2 March 2015

Supporter takes on Five Challenges in Five weeks for children’s charity

Norfolk based Elgan Hallett has always been relatively fit and enjoyed exercise but it wasn’t until he lost his daughter, Seren, who was born prematurely last July, that he decided to do something active to support the children’s charity Action Medical Research. (They fund research to help save and change the lives of sick and vulnerable babies and tackle premature birth).

Elgan signed up to one of the charity’s fundraising cycle rides – The Suffolk Sunrise 100 which takes place on 10 May 2015 and within a week of signing up, had already received pledges totalling over £150.  However, being a somewhat humble man with a desire to justify his friends’ support and faith in him, Elgan has decided that he needs to do more! His ‘555 Challenge’ (taking part in 5 challenges in 5 weeks) was inspired by fellow Welshman an ex-rugby international Richard Park’s book about his own expedition to take on 7 peaks in 7 continents in 7 months.  Elgan has found a further four events to enter on consecutive weekends during the month of May in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire – that cover a range of activities including running, cycling, swimming and even scrambling over an assault course! 

He is now taking on the following:-

  1. The Grand East Anglia 10k Run (GEAR) in Kings Lynn – 3 May 2015
  2. The Suffolk Sunrise 100 bike ride, starting in Woodbridge – 10 May 2015
  3. The Ipswich Insane Terrain – 17 May 2015
  4. The Tilting at Windmills bike ride (Cambridgeshire) – 24 May 2015
  5. The Culford Triathlon – 31 May 2015

With a full-time job, a wife and a 3 year old daughter (who are going to be  supporting him at each event with an Action Medical Research collecting tin), Elgan still seems to be taking all the training in his stride – participating with his work colleagues in team exercise during his lunch breaks, fitting in runs and cycle rides after work and as he himself says, “Doing the hard stuff on weekends before breakfast!” He’s yet to fit swimming into the mix which he hopes to be able to start doing before work.

 “It’s important for me to able to do this challenge in memory of our beautiful second daughter Seren, and to help other babies that may be born prematurely. Action Medical Research funds the invaluable research needed to help understand premature birth and help save the lives of sick children, so it’s  a charity that is close to our family’s heart and is  well worth the effort in raising funds for.”

If you’d like to support Elgan in his challenge then please visit his fundraising page here http://www.action.org.uk/tribute/serenhallett If you’d like to take part in the Suffolk Sunrise 100 then register here http://www.action.org.uk/suffolk-sunrise-100 To read about the work that Action Medical Research is funding into premature birth please visit http://www.action.org.uk/our-research/search-condition?tid=premature+birth

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For a photograph of Elgan please click here:- http://www.action.org.uk/sites/default/files/downloads/press/elgan_h.jpg


Tragically, premature birth is the biggest killer of babies in the UK .Over 60,000 babies are born prematurely every year with around 1,300 dying after being born too soon. Many others who survive a very early birth can develop lifelong disabilities.

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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
  • targetting rare diseases that together severely affect many forgotten children.

Just one breakthrough, however small, can mean the world. action.org.uk

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