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Touching Lives

September 2017

It’s always real family stories that best show the true value of the research we fund – and how important your generous support is. In this issue we feature a teenager who was born with a cleft palate and still struggles with his speech and a 10-year-old girl who faces daily, debilitating pain caused by a rare condition. Thanks to your help, new research is now underway and offers hope for the future for children like these.

As you read this, a new batch of research proposals are being assessed through our gold standard scientific review process. In October our Scientific Advisory Panel will meet and decide which are the strongest, ensuring we fund only the most promising work. Among these will be the first projects to be funded through our new Saving Tiny Lives research campaign. I look forward to updating you next time on the projects that are chosen and hope you will support the appeal.

And if you are already thinking ahead to 2018, then please check out our latest fundraising events – including some great new ones.

If you would like to read our supporter promise and privacy policy you can do so here 

Thank you for your support.

April 2017

We’re delighted to be celebrating our 65th anniversary this year. We’ve been funding vital medical research since 1952, when we helped introduce the first polio vaccines in the UK. Since then supporters like you have helped fund more than £117m of research, resulting in some amazing breakthroughs. But there is still so much more to do. Which is why we hope you’ll enjoy reading about what we’re doing now and new research we’re funding.

This spring issue features current projects to tackle complications caused by cystic fibrosis and to help babies who have suffered life-threatening brain damage at or around birth. Plus there’s news of research to help children like our gorgeous cover star Tom who has severe cerebral palsy.

We’re also excited to share some success stories, including how Action funding has made a global impact helping to diagnose and support children and young people with developmental coordination disorder. 

As always, everything we do is only made possible through the support of people like you, who help us fund the very best research. So thank you. 

We have recently updated our supporter promise and privacy policy – you can read them here

And please don’t forget to join us for our Cream Teas fundraiser this summer!

September 2016

Here at Action we’re very proud of the research we fund to help babies, children and young people. This year we’ve had two wonderful opportunities to showcase this important work at prestigious events, one of them held at Buckingham Palace no less (which you can read about here).

Of course, it’s thanks to supporters like you that we are able to fund life-changing medical research and this new issue of Touching Lives highlights more of the vital work you are helping to make possible. It illustrates the hope being given and progress being made, thanks to your generous donations.

Our cover star Kira reminds us how, sadly, life can change in an instant. A terrible accident as a toddler caused major brain injury and, despite making an amazing recovery, it has left her with long-term disabilities. We’re currently funding two projects to help children who have survived serious head injuries. 

We hope you enjoy reading about how, together, we are making a difference for sick babies and children.

PS Please don’t forget to order your charity Christmas cards from us. Every single penny raised from their sale comes straight to Action!

April 2016

Welcome to our latest issue of Touching Lives. Spring is a time of new beginnings and we have lots of fresh, exciting things happening here at Action – our new Fight for Little Lives message, a new weekly lottery and, most importantly, new research being funded thanks to our wonderful supporters and fundraisers.

We’re currently funding research into a range of conditions, including pre-eclampsia – the life-threatening pregnancy complication that saw our beautiful cover star Emily delivered six weeks early. 

Some of our recent grants have been funded in partnership with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. By working together we are able to support more vital research than we could have funded alone – offering hope to more sick babies and children.

Everything we do is a team effort and our supporters play the most crucial part. There are many different ways to help us raise money. Our summer Cream Teas event is a nice, easy one. Running a marathon, a little bit tougher!

However you choose to support us, we hope you find this issue an inspiring read.

September 2015

Welcome to our autumn/winter issue of Touching Lives. We hope you’ll enjoy reading all about our latest research to help sick babies and children, and the fundraising that makes this vital work possible. Your support plays such a crucial role, so please feel proud to share in our good news.

We have exciting updates to share from three research projects that are set to improve the way the most vulnerable new arrivals are cared for. You can read about the HeartLight sensor, a potentially life-saving piece of equipment to help babies who are struggling to breathe at birth. Also featured is Daisy, who took part in Action-funded trials of this device. 

Success stories are wonderful but there are always many more children who still need the help and hope that medical research can bring. The beautiful boy in our lead story is Alfie and, sadly, behind his lovely smile is a story of struggle and pain. He has severe cerebral palsy, affecting all his limbs, and requires round-the-clock care. 

As summer draws to a close, so does our main challenge events season. If you’re looking ahead to next year’s activities and need inspiration then read our running midwife, Michelle’s story.

Of course, you don’t have to break into a sweat to raise money for us, as our cream teas fundraiser shows. And another easy way to show your support is by ordering your Christmas cards from us. We have some stunning designs and every penny raised comes straight to Action!

Thank you, as ever, for reading.

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