Join Dr Dawn Harper for Action DIVA Warwickshire: Embarrassing Bodies star back in the saddle for women’s charity ride | Action Medical Research

Join Dr Dawn Harper for Action DIVA Warwickshire: Embarrassing Bodies star back in the saddle for women’s charity ride

24 January 2013

Dr Dawn Harper from hit Channel 4 TV show Embarrassing Bodies will again be swapping swabs for the saddle this spring when she takes part in the Action DIVA Warwickshire women’s bike ride, raising money for children’s charity Action Medical Research.

Dawn is hoping local ladies of all cycling abilities will sign up now and join her for the event, which heads out from the Menzies Welcombe Hotel Spa and Golf Club, Stratford-upon-Avon, on Sunday 19 May. There is a choice of three circular countryside routes to suit all fitness levels – from a Cool 17 miles, to a Classic 31 miles up to a Champion 60 miles.

Dawn, who rode in last year’s launch event, says: “We all start the year with good intentions but as the weeks pass, it's easy to lose motivation. Having a target to aim for keeps me on track, so this year I'm planning a few cycle rides and I'm really looking forward to the Action DIVA Warwickshire. Why not join me? There is plenty of time to train, it's a beautiful route and you will be raising money for a charity that can help make a real difference for some of Britain's most vulnerable little people. Win, win, win in my book!”

The ride raises money to help fund medical research into a range of conditions affecting babies and children. Especially close to Dr Dawn’s heart is the work the charity supports around pregnancy complications and premature birth as two of her three children were born early, her youngest at just 32 weeks.

Action Medical Research is also currently supporting work around Down syndrome, epilepsy, sickle cell disease, and diabetes, as well as some rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.
Gail Thomas, event organiser at Action Medical Research, says: “This event is suitable for all abilities so we’d like all you gorgeous girlies out there to dust off your bikes and join us for a great day out – even if you haven’t sat on a bike for years! We hope lots of ladies will take part. Every mile pedalled will help sick babies and children.”

The ride, supported by leading bike brand Trek, includes plenty of rest stops and a fully-serviced lunch. Staff riders, first aiders and massage therapists will also be on hand.

Entry costs £28 and participants also need to raise a minimum of £50 in sponsorship.
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The Warwickshire ride is part of the Action DIVA series, with sister events taking place in Sussex, with Davina McCall on 11 May, and in Scotland on 19 May.

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Hi-res image can be downloaded using the link below:

Dr Dawn Harper on her bike

For further information about the Action DIVA Warwickshire bike ride please contact:

Clare Airey, Senior Press and PR Officer
T 01403 327480

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Action Medical Research is the leading UK-wide medical research charity dedicated to helping babies and children. We’ve been funding medical breakthroughs since we began in 1952 and have funded research that has helped save thousands of children’s lives and changed many more. 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.

But there is still so much more to do. Please help us fund more life-changing research for some of the UK’s sickest babies and children.

Action Medical Research has more than 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.

The Action DIVA series is supported by Trek Bicycle, a global leader in the design and manufacture of bicycles and related products. Trek believes the bicycle can be a simple solution to many of the world’s most complex problems, and is committed to breaking down the barriers that prevent people from using bicycles more often for transportation, recreation, and inspiration. For more information about Trek, visit

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