Local One Stop shop joins hands with Paddington Bear and hopes to raise £1,500 for children’s charity | Action Medical Research

Local One Stop shop joins hands with Paddington Bear and hopes to raise £1,500 for children’s charity

25 May 2012

Action Medical Research’s mascot Paddington Bear is mobilising support for his favourite charity and is hoping to raise over £1,500 thanks to a sponsored walk by One Stop employees.

On Saturday 2 June, 18 store managers from One Stop – a retail convenience business – will join Paddington Bear and dress up as Harry Potter, Cinderella, Aladdin, telly tubbies and many other popular characters, to ‘Walk for Tiny Lives’ and raise valuable funds for children’s charity Action Medical Research.

They will set off from the One Stop store in Chatham at 10am, walk through the town centre, ending at the One Stop store in Rochester.

Action Medical Research launched its Walk for Tiny Lives initiative in the summer of 2010, a series of fun, family-friendly sponsored walks to raise money to fund vital medical research to help stop the suffering of babies and children caused by disability and diseases.

All One Stop shops will also have Action Medical Research collection boxes on their countertops until the end of June.
Tony Reed, Chief Executive of One Stop enthuses: “One Stop is proud to support the vital work that Action Medical Research funds for sick babies and children. With over 600 stores our key focus is being the best neighbourhood store for our customers, which is why we're helping to make a real difference to local communities by supporting this charity. The funds raised by the collection boxes will help the UK children’s charity to continue to fund medical breakthroughs to help more sick and disabled children.”
Taking place at locations across the UK, Walk for Tiny Lives events are designed for mums, dads, grandparents and, of course, children. They offer a chance for the thousands of families in the UK affected by premature birth – and many more that simply care enough to want to help – to take positive action.

This year Action Medical Research celebrates 60 years of vital research. The charity is currently supporting work around meningitis, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, premature birth and some very rare conditions that severely affect children.

Anyone interested in supporting sick babies and children can organise their own Walk for Tiny Lives which is very simple to do. For further information please visit www.walkfortinylives.org.uk

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Action Medical Research - the leading UK-wide medical research charity dedicated to helping babies and children - is celebrating 60 years of vital research in 2012. We’ve been funding medical breakthroughs since we began in 1952 and have spent more than £100 million on 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. Make 2012 a special year and help fund more life-changing research for some of the UK’s sickest babies and children.


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