The Sherwood Press signs up to support children’s charity | Action Medical Research

The Sherwood Press signs up to support children’s charity

22 August 2014

Nottingham-based, The Sherwood Press is supporting UK children’s charity, Action Medical Research with two exciting initiatives this year. Jeremy Bacon, The Sherwood Press Group’s CEO, recently completed the charity’s London to Paris charity cycle ride and has raised £4,500 so far. The company is also printing Action Medical Research’s range of Christmas cards for free this year.

Twelve artists from around the country have teamed up to produce a range of Christmas cards where Action receives all of the money. The Sherwood Press joins designers and even envelope makers who have all collaborated and donated their services for free to ensure the charity receives every penny from every card sold. A similar initiative last year raised £13,000 for the children’s charity.

Jeremy Bacon, commented: “Action Medical Research is a fantastic charity doing lots of amazing work to change the lives of sick babies and children throughout the UK. I am delighted that we are able to support the charity’s ‘real deal’ Christmas cards initiative, which I hope will bring in even more vital funds for them this year. I also had a great time taking part in their London to Paris bike ride - it really was a trip of a lifetime.”

As for London to Paris, Jeremy cycled 300 miles between 22 and 26 July 2014, along with another 240 cyclists supporting the charity. Jeremy’s fundraising target is £5,000 while the Action Medical Research goal is to raise £420,000 in total.

Jeremy said: “I would like to thank everyone who sponsored me so far; I have received generous donations from Sherwood’s customers and suppliers, staff, friends and family.”

Jeremy started in Blackheath Village in London, and then continued through Dover, Calais, Arras and Compiegne, before finishing in Paris on the 26th of July.

“The best bit about the tour is that I met some great people during the trip. When riding such a distance over four days, you really bond as a team and get to know people. The hardest part was the heat which hit 35.4 degrees one day”, Jeremy explained.

There was also a personal reason behind Jeremy’s choice of the classic route from London to Paris. Jeremy passed through First World War battlefields where his Grandfather and Great Grandfather fought at the battle of the Somme and Passchendaele. He added: “It was very moving cycling through the First World War battlefields and visiting the Thiepval Memorial to 70,000 soldiers who have no known grave.”

Jeremy is considering a number of trips in the near future- from London to Paris in 24 hours, Lands End to John O’Groats and a trip from the UK to Spain with a friend.

Medical research can save and change children’s lives. Yet surprisingly, medical research into conditions that devastate children’s lives is poorly funded.  Action Medical Research is currently supporting work around stillbirth, epilepsy, meningitis, cerebral palsy and brain cancer, as well as some rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.

For further information about London to Paris and to register visit http://www.action.org.uk/l2p or call 01403 327443.

For more information about Action Medical Research’s new range of Christmas cards visit http://www.action.org.uk/christmas_cards

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

A high res image of Jeremy Bacon at the Eiffel Tower can be downloaded using the link below:

http://www.action.org.uk/sites/default/files/downloads/press/eifel.jpg

For further information please contact:
Soraya Ebrahimi, Senior Press and PR Officer
T         01403 327480
E          sebrahimi@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.

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