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Northern Irish Olympian encourages riders to saddle up for children’s charity Action Medical Research

6 August 2012

Jim Kirkwood, Field hockey Olympic Gold Medallist (Seoul 1988) will be riding the iconic Giant’s Causeway Coastal Sportive on Saturday 15 September and raising money for children’s charity Action Medical Research.

Jim has been a member of Action committee - SPARKS NI for 13 years. He has also helped organise the charity's own 100 mile bike ride from Belfast to Coleraine raising over £35,000.

Jim says: “I am very thrilled to be riding such an iconic route for my favourite charity - Action Medical Research. They are a fantastic charity and have done some remarkable work in helping sick babies and children. This is a chance to make a real difference to the lives of many sick and vulnerable people. Don’t just think about it. Sign up now and I’ll see you there!”
Event Manager Jenny Scullion from Action Medical Research says: “A big thank you to all the participants riding to raise money for Action Medical Research. The route will take them through some of the most breathtaking landscapes in Ireland. As they cross the finish line they will feel an amazing sense of achievement: not only for completing the ride, but also in knowing that by taking part they will have helped us to make a real difference to sick babies and children.”
Giant Causeway Coastal Sportive – one of the biggest rides in Northern Ireland offers cyclists a choice of three routes (57km; 126km; 182km) which will start and finish in the small rural seaside town of Ballycastle in County Antrim.

Cyclists participating in the Giant Causeway Coastal Sportive can raise money for Action Medical Research, a nominated charity for the event, to help fund medical research into conditions affecting babies and children. Action Medical Research is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2012 and since 1952 has spent more than £100 million on research that has helped save thousands of children’s lives and changed many more. The charity is currently supporting work around meningitis, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, premature birth, and some very rare conditions that severely affect children.

Cyclists can join Jim Kirkwood by registering on the website and helping to raise sponsorship for the charity at



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For further information on the Giant’s Causeway Coastal Sportive please contact:

Jenny Scullion, Community Fundraiser, Action Medical Research
T 028 9267 3333

For further press information on Action Medical Research cycling events and accompanying photography, please contact:

Prarthana Rao, Senior Press & PR Officer
T 01403 327480

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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. Since we began in 1952 we’ve have spent more than £100 million on medical breakthroughs that have 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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