Neil Fachie and Olivia Giles support Edinburgh ladies’ lunch for children’s charity | Action Medical Research

Neil Fachie and Olivia Giles support Edinburgh ladies’ lunch for children’s charity

30 January 2013

BBC Radio Scotland Presenter Edi Stark will interview Scotland’s first 2012 Paralympic gold medal winner Neil Fachie and Olivia Giles OBE at Cocktails and Conversations – a gala lunch for children’s charity Action Medical Research.

The ladies will be inspired as Edi encourages the stories of two amazing people who have achieved so much in the face of adversity at The George Hotel, Edinburgh on Friday 8 March.

At the London 2012 Paralympics, cyclist Neil and his tandem pilot Barney Storey competed in the men’s 1km time trial for riders with a visual impairment. They set a world record to take gold and their time was the fastest ever ridden on a tandem bike.

Olivia Giles was a commercial property partner with law firm Maclay Murray & Spens until 2002. That year she contracted meningitis and as a result both of her lower legs and both of her lower arms were amputated. She now spends a great deal of her time as a volunteer, creating awareness and raising funds to combat the disease.

Action Medical Research has just celebrated 60 years of funding medical breakthroughs and since 1952 has spent more than £100 million on research to help sick and disabled children. The charity is currently supporting work around Down syndrome, epilepsy, sickle cell disease, and diabetes, as well as some rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.

The charity is currently funding three research projects based in Edinburgh. These are looking at visual field defects in children, pregnancy complications and preterm labour.

Cecilia Cooper, Community Fundraiser for Action Medical Research Scotland, says: “I feel really fortunate to have got so much support for this lunch last year. We want this year's event to be bigger, better and more enjoyable than ever. So please come along and help raise vital funds for sick babies and children.”

For further information about Cocktails and Conversations email or call 01236 782820.

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For general information about Cocktails and Conversations please contact:

Cecilia Cooper, Fundraising Manager
T 01236 782820

For further information about Action Medical Research 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.

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