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Corporate receptions

Each year Action Medical Research holds a reception to thank existing partners and inform new partners about the vital research we fund, with their help.

Lansdowne Club, London 2018

On 10 October 2018 we hosted a canapé reception for around 70 guests at the Lansdowne Club in London’s Mayfair.

We were delighted to be joined by David Edwards, Professor of Paediatrics and Neonatal Medicine at Kings College London and an Action trustee, who talked about Action’s vital role in funding new and innovative research that can make a real difference to the lives of children and babies.

Professor Edwards also spoke about the charity’s new BORN TOO SOON campaign, explaining that over 1,000 babies die each year in the UK due to premature birth and globally, it’s the biggest killer of children under 5. For this reason we are fighting back and aiming to raise £1 million by 2020 to fund groundbreaking medical research that could go on to benefit millions.

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Liberty Specialty Markets, London 2017

On 12 October 2017 our corporate supporters Liberty Specialty Markets generously hosted a canapé reception for around 100 guests on behalf of Action. 

We were privileged to hear from Professor Manju Kurian who explained the importance of Action's incredible track record of identifying and investing in new research talent. She also explained the impact Action has had on her own career and the ground-breaking research she has been able to undertake since gaining a Research Training Fellowship.

Other guests included Fiona Bruce and a selection of individual and corporate supporters including Honeybuns Nurseries, RBS, Next, Arun Estates, APH, DX & Scumrun.

Buckingham Palace, London 2017

Action was honoured to be invited to Buckingham Palace by our patron His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh for a champagne and canapé reception held in The Picture Gallery on 15 March 2017.

Around 120 guests met researchers representing six separate studies funded by Action from across the UK covering the topics of epilepsy, premature birth, neuroblastoma, neurodegenerative disorders, ADHD, and inflammatory bowel disease in children.

His Royal Highness made a short speech followed by Professor Andrew George MBE who explained Action’s amazing achievements and how we fund the very best science, with the best chance of a positive outcome.

Guests included major donors, corporate supporters and celebrities including Channel 5’s Matt Barbet.

BT Tower reception, London 2016

Once again BT kindly hosted Action on the 34th floor of the iconic BT Tower for our autumn / winter reception. We were delighted to be joined by some amazing researchers who presented their latest studies to our guests, explaining the difference their support can make to babies and children. The research covered Systemic lupus erythrematosus, epilepsy, and pregnancy complications. Professor Nigel Klein from our scientific advisory panel and our Chair of Trustees Phil Hodkinson also spoke. Guests included representatives from Pure Gym, AON Benfield, Willmott Dixon, Brett Group, Skerritts Consultants Ltd, RBS, BGC, Mace, Garmin and Liberty Specialty Markets.

The Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh 2016

On 13 June 2016 around 80 guests attended the reception at The Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh and had the opportunity to meet inspiring researchers currently undertaking work in Scotland funded by Action Medical Research.

Phil Hodkinson (the charity’s Chair) spoke to guests and introduced Prof Jane Norman who explained the importance of Action’s role in funding innovative the very best research in Scotland which will make a difference to so many families, but also how Action is helping the research stars of the future start their careers.

Buckingham Palace, London 2016

Action was delighted to once again be invited to Buckingham Palace by our patron His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh for a champagne and canapé reception held in The Picture Gallery on 5 May 2016.

Around 100 guests met researchers representing six separate studies funded by Action from across the UK, and heard speeches from Professor David Edwards and His Royal Highness. Guests included major donors, corporate supporters and celebrities including Dr Dawn Harper and Davina McCall.

The Oxford & Cambridge Club, London 2015

Around 70 guests attended the reception at The Oxford & Cambridge Club in October. The event was a great success, educating a mix of existing supporters and new faces about our incredible work, as presented by six fantastic researchers on the night.

Phil Hodkinson (our Chair and Member of the Club) made a great speech was followed by Prof Andrew George (a trustee and Panel member) who did a perfect job of describing the need to quality medical research and Action’s unique role in funding groundbreaking studies.

Buckingham Palace, London 2015

The charity was lucky enough to be invited back to Buckingham Palace by His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh for a champagne and canapé reception on 24 March 2015.

The event marked the sixty years of which His Royal Highness has been patron and over 100 guests, including researchers, doctors, scientists and business people heard short speeches from His Royal Highness and Dr Andy Ewer, Consultant Neonatologist at Birmingham’s Women’s Hospital, about the significance of the charity today and the role it is playing in funding vital research.

In addition guests had the chance to learn about six additional studies, currently being funded by the charity, which were represented by researchers.

Phil Hodkinson, Chair of Action Medical Research said, “We feel very honoured that His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh has been our Patron for 60 years and continues to support the charity. It was a lovely occasion and a wonderful opportunity for our advocates and researchers to mix and get to know each other, and the work of the charity, better.”

BT Tower reception, London 2014

The 34th floor of the iconic BT tower in London’s Fitzrovia proved a stunning location for our October 2014 reception. The event was an ideal opportunity for Action to inform partners about the vital research we fund, with their help. Four current researchers presented their work on asthma, stillbirth, brain cancer and bacterial meningitis in newborns. Professor Nigel Klein from our scientific advisory panel and our Chair of Trustees Phil Hodkinson also spoke. Guests enjoyed both canapés and incredible views. Action celebrity supporter Fiona Bruce thanked our corporate partners including representatives from Allen Ford, Arun Estates, Tesco, BDO, Broadstone, Morrison’s and the Paddington Partnership.

Downing Street reception, London 2014

Action guests were welcomed behind the door of number 10 at a Downing Street reception hosted by the Prime Minister’s wife Samantha Cameron. Action celebrity supporters attended this special event, including Davina McCall and Fiona Bruce, who spoke about the importance of our research. A group of doctors and professors also shared their vital charity-funded work, focusing on premature birth, seizures in babies, Down syndrome and the rare genetic condition X-linked lymphoproliferative disease. The event was a wonderful opportunity for the charity to highlight its successes, as well as the ongoing need for further funding. Action gave certificates of acknowledgement signed by Fiona Bruce to companies who have raised considerable funds for the charity.

Buckingham Palace, London 2013

His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, Patron of Action Medical Research, once again generously hosted an evening reception at Buckingham Palace on 12 March 2013 to celebrate 40 years of the charity's pioneering Research Training Fellowship scheme which funds the researchers of the future.

Six current Fellows from across the UK presented their work to The Duke of Edinburgh and more than 100 assembled guests.

The event was held in The Blue Drawing Room with short speeches from His Royal Highness and Professor Bobby Gaspar, a previous beneficiary of a Research Training Fellowship grant.

Buckingham Palace, London 2012

His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, Patron of Action Medical Research, hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace on 15 October 2012 to celebrate the charity's 60th anniversary.

Representatives from six research projects currently being funded by the charity across the UK presented their work to The Duke of Edinburgh and more than 100 assembled guests.

The evening event was held in The Bow Room with short speeches from His Royal Highness and Professor David Edwards.

The Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, 2011

The event hosted by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, Patron of Action Medical Research, at The Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh on 11 August launched the charity’s new major donor appeal in Scotland.

A group of Scottish based doctors and scientists shared their vital work with Representatives from six research projects currently being funded by the charity in Scotland presented their work to The Duke of Edinburgh and more than 130 assembled guests.

Richard Price, the Chair of Action Medical Research, said: “We are very proud to be funding such important and exciting work in Scotland and this was a tremendous opportunity to be able to showcase our research. Despite the enormous progress that has been achieved in medicine, there are still thousands of children who are affected by disease and disability. We know that medical research can save and change children’s lives and have a strong track record of supporting life-saving work here in Scotland. We hope this new appeal will allow us to fund even more vital research.”

The House of Lords, London 2010

Over 100 guests attended the Action Partners reception, held in The Peers’ Dining Room at The House of Lords, on Thursday 23 September.

During the evening the charity’s Chair, Richard Price, spoke about the aims of the charity and how we are funding the very best medical research, a sentiment that was echoed by the esteemed Professor David Edwards, a pioneer in the development of treatments for newborn babies with brain damage, who we were privileged to have as a guest. Professor Edwards spoke passionately about the necessity for medical research and emphasising the leading role that Action Medical Research has played in funding groundbreaking work over the past 60 years.

The House of Commons, London 2009

The 2009 Action Partners reception was held at The House of Commons hosted by Action Partners President, Fiona Bruce and with guest speaker Sir Robert Winston

St James's Palace, London 2008

The 2008 Action Partners reception was held at St James’s Palace hosted by Action Medical Research’s Patron HRH The Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh and guest speaker and Action Partners President, Fiona Bruce.

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