Volunteer clocks up 10 years with local children’s charity
Chris Henderson, from Ballymoney, has been raising money for Action Medical Research since 2004, making 2014 his 10th year of volunteering with the children’s charity. As chair of the North West Committee, Chris has raised over £50,000 for Action through a series of events and fundraising initiatives.
Chris got involved because his son has a medical condition, so he is passionate about the aims of the charity. After moving back to the area following a period of working in another part of the country, he also felt that he wanted to give something back to his community. Chris has recently retired from Ulster Bank where he worked for 37 years and this has given him the perfect opportunity to devote more of his time to Action Medical Research.
Chris Henderson, said: “My son received excellent hospital treatment and by volunteering with Action, I like to believe that I am putting something back in appreciation for all of the help we were given. It’s also fantastic to get people together in a good social environment and to raise money for such a worthwhile cause at the same time. It’s a great feeling to bring the community together to achieve a common good.”
Sarah Matzen, Community Fundraising Manager in Northern Ireland, said: “We’re so grateful to have volunteers on board like Chris, who are passionate about the charity. Ten years is quite an achievement and he continues to go that extra mile. Just giving a few hours can make a difference to changing and saving children’s lives. It’s fun, it’s rewarding and we NEED you. If you can spare even a small amount of time to give a talk, inspire a school to fundraise, sell cream teas, organise an event, source a quality raffle prize or start a group, then please get in touch.”
Action Medical Research has been funding medical breakthroughs since it began in 1952. 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.
To find out more about volunteering opportunities visit http://www.action.org.uk/get_involved/volunteering
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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
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Just one breakthrough, however small, can mean the world.
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