Paralympian Neil Fachie among guests at inspiring children’s charity lunch | Action Medical Research

Paralympian Neil Fachie among guests at inspiring children’s charity lunch

19 March 2013

Paralympic gold medal winner Neil Fachie MBE and Dr Olivia Giles OBE were guest speakers at the recent Cocktails and Conversations Edinburgh ladies’ lunch in aid of Action Medical Research.

More than 100 ladies attended the event at the George Hotel and raised over £6,000 for the children’s charity, which is currently funding three medical research projects based in Edinburgh.

Inspiration was the theme of the day from the two speakers, who were interviewed by BBC Radio Scotland presenter Edi Stark. Both have achieved so much in the face of adversity. 

Paralympic cyclist Neil's humourous approach to life kept the ladies laughing. At London 2012 he and his tandem pilot Barney Storey won the men’s 1km time trial for riders with a visual impairment, setting a world record and clocking the fastest time ever ridden on a tandem bike.

Lawyer Olivia Giles was a commercial property partner with Maclay Murray & Spens when she contracted meningitis in 2002. She lost both of her lower legs and her lower arms as a result and has since founded a charity supporting amputees and other disabled people in Africa.

Neil said: "It was great to be back up in Scotland for such a worthwhile cause. Cocktails and Conversations was a great event, I enjoyed meeting so many interesting people."

Cecilia Cooper, Community Fundraiser for Action Medical Research Scotland, says: “We had a wonderful afternoon and it is fitting that the event was organised here in Edinburgh as this city is home to considerable investment into medical research.”

Action Medical Research is a UK-wide charity saving and changing children’s lives through medical research. In Edinburgh the charity is currently funding projects looking at visual field defects in children, pregnancy complications and preventing preterm labour. 

The next Cocktails and Conversations lunch will take place on 7 March 2014. For further information contact ccooper@action.org.uk  or call 01236 782820.

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NOTES TO EDITORS:
 
Hi-res image of Neil Fachie at the event can be downloaded using the link below:
http://www.action.org.uk/sites/default/files/downloads/press/neil_fachie_at_edinburgh_lunch.jpg
 
For general information about Cocktails and Conversations contact:
Cecilia Cooper, Fundraising Manager
T 01236 782820
E ccooper@action.org.uk
 
For further information about Action Medical Research contact:
Clare Airey, Senior Press and PR Officer
T 01403 327480
cairey@action.org.uk
W action.org.uk
 
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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.

Charity reg.nos 208701 and SC039284.

 
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