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Pamela Ballantine takes the helm of Action’s Northern Ireland committee

11 March 2013

TV personality Pamela Ballantine has taken over as Committee Chair for children’s charity Action Medical Research in Northern Ireland. Pamela, a popular TV presenter formerly of UTV, succeeds Lady Girvan who has stepped down after more than 11 years.

For the last 20 years Pamela has regularly thrown herself into the freezing Irish Sea for the charity’s Boxing Day swim. She has helped organise the charity’s glittering Celebration of Motorsport Dinner for a decade and been master of ceremonies at countless other events. Her involvement has steadily grown over the years, culminating in her new role.

Pamela says: “I’m delighted to be taking the reins from Lady Girvan. She is going to be a tough act to follow as I know how much she has given to the charity. On behalf of everyone, I’d like to thank Karen so much for the work she has done. I know she will be a great support to me in the coming years.”

“I am excited about my new role and looking forward to getting involved in lots of fundraising events. Thank you to everyone who supports the charity and I look forward to working with you all in the future.”

Jenny Scullion, Northern Ireland Community Fundraising Manager for Action Medical Research, said: “Thank you so much to Karen for all her hard work. She has been pivotal in so many of the charity's events over the last thirty years. She was fantastic at finding new volunteers and always threw herself into everything wholeheartedly.”

Lady Girvan will continue to support the charity as part of its Belfast Committee. Their next big fundraising event is a Ladies’ Lunch with Margaret Mountford, the former corporate lawyer who rose to fame as one of Lord Sugar’s team of expert advisers on hit TV show The Apprentice. This takes place at the Ramada Plaza, Belfast, on Friday 19 April.

Action Medical Research has just celebrated 60 years of funding medical breakthroughs to help sick and disabled children. The charity is currently funding four research projects in Northern Ireland, based at Queen’s University and the Royal Victoria Hospital. This includes: stillbirth – bringing high-tech surveillance to the womb; new treatments for retinopathy of prematurity, a condition that can cause childhood blindness; and ‘microneedle’ technology which could spare sick babies from painful blood tests.

For more information on getting involved in Action in Northern Ireland visit or email Jenny Scullion at

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Action Medical Research is a UK-wide charity saving and changing children’s lives through medical research.

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.

Just one breakthrough, however small, can mean the world.

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