Take the plunge for Action Medical Research at Boxing Day swim
Hardy supporters of children’s charity Action Medical Research are getting ready to take the plunge on Boxing Day to help save and change the lives of sick and disabled babies and children.
The annual swim on Saturday, 26 December, at Ballyholme Yacht Club in Bangor will see dozens of robust residents brave the weather for a swift dip in the Irish Sea.
Last year’s Boxing Day swim raised more than £4,600 for the children’s charity, which is currently funding three projects in Northern Ireland based between Queen’s University Belfast, and Ulster University in Coleraine.
Carrie Benn, Action Medical Research’s Community Fundraising Manager for the region, says: “We really hope lots of brave souls will come along and join the fun at 10.45am – we’ll be taking the plunge at 11am. Our motto is ‘Through your pain, medical research will gain’, but actually it’s so cold you usually can’t feel any pain!
“This year we are asking everyone to raise a minimum of £10 as a donation so please make a special effort to collect as much sponsorship as possible this year. We are currently funding some truly inspiring research projects and we want to continue to make a difference to the lives of so many babies and children.”
There will be hot dogs and hot toddies available at this annual event and all the family are welcome to take part. Everyone who swims will receive a certificate as a mark of their bravery.
Action Medical Research is a UK-wide children’s charity which has been funding medical breakthroughs since it began in 1952, including helping to introduce the first polio vaccines in the UK, developing the use of ultrasound in pregnancy and testing the rubella vaccine.
The children’s charity is currently funding research into meningitis, Down syndrome, epilepsy and premature birth, as well as some rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.
NOTES TO EDITORS:
For a high-res image of the 2014 Boxing Day swim, please click on the link below:
For more information on Action Medical Research, please contact Ellie Evans, Fundraising Communications Officer, on:
T: 01403 327480
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.