Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June): High five to all who lend a hand for our charity | Action Medical Research

Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June): High five to all who lend a hand for our charity

3 June 2014

Children’s charity Action Medical Research is taking the time to especially mark the 30th anniversary of Volunteers Week (1-7 June) by giving a ‘high five’ to all, past and present, who have lent a hand over the years. They launch their #ActionHi5 social media campaign today.

Over 22 million people are involved in volunteering in the UK every year and Volunteers’ Week celebrates their fantastic contribution.

Action Medical Research is extending their thanks and enormous gratitude to local fundraising groups, all who help on events, volunteers in the office, those who give a talk, people helping raise awareness in schools, or selling Cream Teas, and everyone who donates prizes for raffles and auctions.

Volunteers receive top quality training from Action and the chance to work with a friendly team. And, most importantly, by volunteering with them you will be helping to make a big difference to the lives of sick babies and children in this country.

Jane Charlton, Volunteer Development Manager at Action says: “Volunteers are a crucial and highly valued part of our team and we are enormously grateful for the loyal and dedicated support of all those who lend us a hand. Thank you. We couldn’t do it without you!”

Action Medical Research has been funding medical breakthroughs since it began in 1952, starting with the development of the first polio vaccines in the UK. Since then the charity has spent more than £100 million and has contributed to medical breakthroughs for children, some of which are now commonplace: the vaccine for rubella, the use of ultrasound scanning in pregnancy and taking folic acid before and during pregnancy to prevent spina bifida.

The charity is currently funding work around conditions including prematurity, stillbirth, epilepsy, meningitis, cerebral palsy, brain cancer and some rare and distressing conditions.

If you are interested in lending a hand yourself, even if it’s by sparing just five minutes from the comfort of your chair, or you can recommend a friend to lend a hand please take a look at our available opportunities here

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T         01403 327480
E          sebrahimi@action.org.uk
W       action.org.uk

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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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