The Waring family will never forget Monday 31 January 2005. It was the day baby Cieran contracted meningitis, which changed the family’s lives forever, recalls mum Susan.
Susan’s five-year-old daughter, Caitlin, was getting ready for school while twin boys Cieran and Connor, who were just nine-months old, were lying in their cots. It seemed a very ordinary day but then Cieran, the elder twin by a minute, started to become seriously unwell.
Action Medical Research is celebrating 60 years of vital research for babies and children this year.
The charity was first set up in 1952, when Britain was very different to how it is today. World War II had finished seven years before and its effects were still widely felt. People queued for hours with their identity cards and ration books for staple goods like tea, meat and cheese. All in all people were more active but not necessarily healthier. The National Health Service had been founded in 1948 to provide free healthcare for all, but Britons lived increasingly in fear of a growing, terrifying threat for which there was no vaccine and no known cure – the highly-infectious viral disease poliomyelitis, or polio for short, which reached its destructive peak in the 1940s and 50s.
As part of Action Medical Research’s anniversary celebrations, we’ve decided to make 2012 an extra special year for the girls with some exciting women-only events.
These events offer an upbeat way to get fit and have fun with your friends, family and colleagues to raise money to help sick babies and children.
What are you waiting for? Have a look at our list of events and sign up today. We promise you won’t regret it!
Action Medical Research’s 60th anniversary is more than just a birthday; it’s a chance for you to go the extra mile, spread the word about our vital work and raise lots of money to help save and change children’s lives.
Over the past 60 years Action has supported many medical breakthroughs but there’s still so much more to do. In just 60 seconds or 60 minutes you can make a difference. So, no matter how much spare time you have, please take action!
Pseudomonas aeruginosa can be a dangerous bacterium and a leading cause of death among people with cystic fibrosis. Researchers funded by Action Medical Research have identified some of the reasons why it is so dangerous.
Premature birth is the biggest killer of babies under one in the UK and survivors are often left with lifelong disabilities. To date there’s been no sure way to identify mums and babies most at risk, so Action funded scientists at Kings College London to research possible indicators which may help predict premature birth.
Pregnancy complications result in around 4,000 stillborn babies a year in the UK, plus many others born prematurely. This is often due to problems with the placenta, so researchers in Edinburgh are looking at whether MRI scans could help detect difficulties before they happen and identify unborn babies most at risk.
Action has awarded a two-year Research Training Fellowship grant to a Liverpool-based children’s doctor, whose pioneering stem cell research could help improve the lives of babies with a life-threatening bowel condition.
If your child wheezes, you’re not alone – wheezing is so common it affects a quarter of young children. While some grow out of it, for others it worsens and they develop asthma. Researchers from London funded by Action Medical Research are investigating why.