Kirsty Gallacher backs charity initiative to get mums running | Action Medical Research

Kirsty Gallacher backs charity initiative to get mums running

24 March 2011

As Mothering Sunday approaches, children’s charity Action Medical Research is asking mums across the UK to join its Mums on the Run initiative which encourages mothers to join together and get fit at the same time as helping to raise vital funds to help sick babies and children.

TV presenter and mother of two Kirsty Gallacher is lending her support to Mums on the Run and is encouraging women to run for Action Medical Research in the BUPA London 10,000 event on Bank Holiday Monday 30 May 2011.

Those running for Action in this event will help raise vital funds for the charity, which supports research to reduce pregnancy complications and premature birth, and improve care for sick and vulnerable babies. Mums, especially those whose families have been affected by any of these issues, are being asked to dust off their trainers and sign up now.   

The charity has developed a wealth of materials to support women, especially those who are new to running and feel apprehensive. There is a training guide with tips for beginners and plans for all abilities, and all runners receive a free running vest. There is also a Mums on the Run web forum for mums to exchange training tips, share stories and generally support each other.

Commenting on why she is supporting this initiative, Kirsty Gallacher said: “As a mum of two, I know what it’s like trying to get back into a fitness routine after having a baby. Mums on the Run is a great way for new mums or mums that are new to running, to kick-start their fitness. They can set a goal to aim for and meet other mums, while raising money for Action Medical Research, a charity that is working to stop the suffering of sick babies and children. I would encourage families to support their mums to get involved with this great event.”

Jo Pickard, Head of National Events at Action Medical Research said:  “As a children’s charity we have a natural affinity with families. By signing up for Mums on the Run, women can get fit and have the personal satisfaction of taking part in an event that will raise vital funds for research to help sick or disabled babies and children. Having such an important goal to aim for can really help keep you motivated and your training on track.”

There will be future opportunities to sign up for other running events under the banner of Mums on the Run, including Run to the Beat, the BUPA Great North Run and the Virgin London Marathon.

Find out more at www.action.org.uk/mumsrun

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

Hi-res image of Kirsty Gallacher can be downloaded using the link below
http://www.action.org.uk/sites/default/files/downloads/press/kirsty_gallacher_close_up_high_res.jpg

Mums on the Run logo can be downloaded using the link below
http://www.action.org.uk/sites/default/files/downloads/press/mums_on_run_logo.jpg

For more information on Action Medical Research and Mums on the Run, please contact:

Clare Airey, Senior Press & PR Officer, Action Medical Research

T 01403 327480
E cairey@action.org.uk
W action.org.uk

Fast facts

One in 10 babies born in the UK needs some form of special care at birth as a result of a difficult birth, a life-threatening condition, or because they were born too early.

Over 60,000 babies are born prematurely every year in the UK, yet we still don’t know what causes it or how to prevent it happening.

Tragically, around 1,500 babies die here each year after being born too soon.

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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