Take fundraising to new heights with Paddington’s favourite UK charity | Action Medical Research

Take fundraising to new heights with Paddington’s favourite UK charity

13 October 2015

A charity is urging walkers to join Team Paddington and conquer the UK’s highest mountains to raise funds to help save and change the lives of babies and children.

Action Medical Research is seeking teams of four to six people - at least three climbers and a driver - to take part in its Three Peaks Challenge from 2-3 July 2016.

The challenge will see teams tested to the limit as they walk, climb or scramble to the summit of each mountain: first it’s 1343m Ben Nevis in the spectacular setting of the Scottish Highlands; then onto Scafell Pike in the Lake District at 977m; and finally 1085m-high Mount Snowdon in Snowdonia National Park, North Wales.

And that’s not all… each team must carry their own Paddington BearTM , the charity’s mascot, to the top!

Paddington Bear has been at the heart of fundraising for Action Medical Research ever since his creator, Michael Bond, met the charity’s founder, Duncan Guthrie, in 1976.

Participants in the Three Peaks Challenge will be raising money to help fund medical research into conditions affecting babies and children. Action Medical Research has been funding medical breakthroughs since it began in 1952 and the charity is currently funding research into childhood cancer, Down syndrome, epilepsy, and cystic fibrosis, as well as some rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.

Every participant who takes part in the Three Peaks Challenge will receive a medal and certificate for taking part and there will also be trophies for the fastest teams, the best team spirit and the top fundraising team.

Teams must pay a registration fee of £195 and commit to raising £2,000 in sponsorship - for more information, please visit action.org.uk/three-peaks-challenge

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For a high-res image of Paddington Bear hiking, please click on the link below:

https://www.action.org.uk/sites/default/files/downloads/press/padd_hike_oct15.jpg

Participants must take a photo at the top of each peak with their Paddington toy:

https://www.action.org.uk/sites/default/files/downloads/press/three_peaks.jpg

 

NOTES TO EDITORS:

Teams are made up of 4-6 people. Please note that teams must comprise a minimum of four people (three climbers and a driver) and a maximum of six (five climbers plus a driver). Teams cannot exceed five climbers as the number of people on each mountain at any one time is limited.

Team members have to cope with changing clothes, eating, drinking and even sleeping as they travel to their next destination by road. Minimum drive times are put in place to avoid racing between the peaks.

 

For more information on Action Medical Research, please contact Ellie Evans, Fundraising Communications Officer, on:

T: 01403 327480

E: eevans@action.org.uk

W: action.org.uk

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Action Medical Research is a leading UK-wide charity working to save and change children’s lives through medical research. We believe that the diseases that devastate the lives of so many of our children can be beaten. We have been funding medical breakthroughs since we began in 1952 like the first polio vaccines in the UK, ultrasound in pregnancy and the rubella vaccine – helping to save thousands of children’s lives and change many more.

Just one breakthrough, however small, can mean the world. Charity reg. nos 208701 and SC039284.

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