Volunteer clocks up 30 years with local children’s charity
Margaret McCullagh, 80, from Port Rush has been volunteering with Action Medical Research for 30 years. As treasurer for the North Coast committee, Margaret has helped to raise over £30,000 for the children’s charity through a series of events and fundraising initiatives.
Margaret got involved with the charity because her granddaughter was born with a hip condition. Thanks to top quality medical care she is now a fit and well 31-year-old, however Margaret felt she wanted to help children who weren’t quite so lucky and had conditions that medical research could help treat or one day cure.
Margaret McCullagh, said: “Volunteering for Action really boosts my self-respect because I know that I am helping sick babies and children. If even one child is helped through my voluntary work then I feel as though I have made a difference. I also really enjoy the opportunity to meet new people.”
Sarah Matzen, Community Fundraising Manager in Northern Ireland, said: “Thirty years is an amazing achievement! Margaret is such a great volunteer who is passionate about Action Medical Research and the work the charity does. We are so grateful to Margaret and to all our volunteers. 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 do 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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