Touching Lives - June 2007
Why we support
Choosing Action Medical Research
I had already run the London Marathon on a number of occasions for Action Medical Research, and Barry Bates (our Managing Director) had also supported the charity through one of his previous companies in the 1980s. So when we first discussed a charity beneficiary for our annual golf day, Action Medical Research was a natural choice!
What do you fund?
Initially we were drawn to the Touching Tiny Lives campaign, and our commitment was cemented after visiting Hammersmith Hospital and meeting Jenny Chambers and Dr Catherine Williamson. Jenny suffered from obstetric cholestasis, (a liver disease characterised by severe itching during pregnancy which can have potentially devastating consequences) and we were very impressed with the research Dr Williamson was conducting into the condition.The funds raised from our first two golf days were allocated directly to support this research.
How much have you raised so far?
We are proud of the fact that in just two years we have raised £28,000 and are very hopeful of hitting our target of £50,000 in three years by the end of this year. As part of our continued support, we are also proud to be amongst the first companies to become Action Partners, with a minimum commitment of £5,000 per year, which we aim to exceed.The Avanti Golf Day has become an annual event, getting bigger and better each year. Looking forwards, we are aiming to build on the success of the past two years to raise further funds for the charity’s vital work.
I would recommend Action Medical Research as it funds amazing work. Having met both patients and researchers, I have seen for myself how medical research not only saves but also changes people’s lives for the better. TL