Volunteer clocks up 47 years supporting children’s charity
Ethel Bristow, from Reigate, has raised money for Action Medical Research for an incredible 47 years. A former Treasurer of the Reigate Committee, Ethel is now an amazing 106 years old and understandably retired from supporting the children’s charity.
When the charity heard about Ethel’s centenarian celebrations and long service, the local Community Fundraising Manager arranged for her to receive a special token of appreciation. This was presented to Ethel at the nursing home where she now lives in Reigate.
Ethel, said: “I enjoyed every minute of fundraising for Action Medical Research and there is no other charity I would have given my time to.”
Sarah Stevenson, Community Fundraising Manager for London and the South East, said: “When I heard about Ethel’s long service as a volunteer, I arranged for a certificate and cuddly Paddington Bear (the mascot of the charity) to be sent to her to show her our gratitude and love! I am so pleased this brightened up this great volunteer’s day and that this little gesture meant so much to her!"
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.
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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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