Wildlife presenter joins Aberdeen ladies to raise £9,600 for children’s charity | Action Medical Research

Wildlife presenter joins Aberdeen ladies to raise £9,600 for children’s charity

20 March 2013

Wildlife television presenter Hayden Turner joined more than 300 guests at the annual Aberdeen Ladies' Lunch event in aid of Action Medical Research (Thursday 14 March).

Held at the Marcliffe Hotel and Spa, the event raised £9,600 for the children’s charity, which is currently funding a project into obesity in children based at the University of Aberdeen, as well as other medical research based in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Hayden, a former zookeeper at Taronga Zoo in Sydney, has hosted programmes on National Geographic and the Discovery Channel, reporting from some of the wildest and most scenic places on earth. He spoke about his personal connection to the charity and his family’s experience of pregnancy complications and premature birth, as well as his safari adventures across the globe.

Janet Balcombe, Community Fundraising Manager for Action Medical Research Scotland, says: “We had a wonderful afternoon and are already planning for next year’s event. Hayden is a fabulous ambassador for the charity, sharing his personal experience of why medical research is so important. We hope people will join us and help us continue to raise money for our important work in 2014.”

Action Medical Research is a UK-wide charity saving and changing children’s lives through medical research. Among other work the charity is currently funding in Scotland are projects looking at visual field defects in children, multiple sclerosis, pregnancy complications and preventing preterm labour.

The next Aberdeen Ladies’ Lunch will take place on 13 March 2014. For further information email jbalcombe@action.org.uk or call 01505 864334.

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

Hi-res images can be downloaded using the links below:

Hayden Turner with piper Norman Fiddes and Sue Harker, chair of the organising committee

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Hayden Turner with piper Norman Fiddes

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L-R: Janet Balcombe, Community Fundraising Manager for Action Medical Research Scotland, with ladies from the organising committee: Sheena Butler, Rose Holmes and Avril Webster

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For information on the Aberdeen Ladies’ Lunch please contact:

Janet Balcombe, Community Fundraising Manager

T 01505 864334

E jbalcombe@action.org.uk

 

For further information about Action Medical Research please contact:

Clare Airey, Senior Press and PR Officer
T 01403 327480
cairey@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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