Spalding charity volunteer and fundraiser receives MBE | Action Medical Research

Spalding charity volunteer and fundraiser receives MBE

4 July 2014

Petronella Keeling from Spalding was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for her outstanding and committed contribution to UK children’s charity, Action Medical Research. Petronella set up the charity’s Spalding Committee in 1967 and has led the committee and its fundraising work for over 45 years. It is also one of the most successful committees, contributing over £20,000 each year to Action Medical Research.

Petronella is particularly appreciated for her willingness to step in and support the committee in any way it needs it and in the past has been the Chairperson when others have had to leave mid-term. She is currently the County Chair for the Action Spalding Committee.

Richard Price, Chair of Action Medical Research, commented: “We are delighted that Petronella’s fantastic work with Action Medical Research has been recognised. The MBE acknowledges her tireless time contribution, innovation and sheer determination working with Action’s Spalding Committee to raise funds needed to save and change lives through medical research.”

Petronella’s work helps to raise awareness and money to help sick and disabled babies and children. Medical research can save and change children’s lives. Yet surprisingly, medical research into conditions that devastate children’s lives is poorly funded.  The charity 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.

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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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