Leading food manufacturer Bakkavör Group continues to support the charity. Not only did they mark Paddington Bear’s 50th anniversary with a fantastic party for over 200 children at their London offices, they also gave ten members of staff the opportunity to take part in our Machu Picchu trek in October, raising well over £35,000.
First time London to Paris participant Daniel James had a very special reason for getting involved.
His daughter Lily was born nine weeks prematurely in November 2007, suffering from an abdominal wall defect called exomphalos. This rare condition means that the muscle and skin of the abdomen fails to form properly during pregnancy and can leave internal organs exposed.
One study was carried out by scientists from the University of Leeds who have developed a set of practical guidelines for teachers, childcare professionals and parents to use in helping pre-school children with co-ordination difficulties to improve their dexterity.
Discussions are underway with our
scientific advisors to create a research
strategy for the future, based on the
medical needs of children in the UK. The
strategy will also be flexible enough to
make the most of promising trends in
medical research, and offer vital support
for diseases and conditions that other
funders do not treat as a priority.
The Charity plans to work more
closely with leading children’s hospitals
and paediatric units throughout the UK
to support important research that can
be translated into new treatments and
better diagnostic techniques.
Aside from maggot-mania, charity
supporter Andrea Guest appeared in
Prima Baby magazine to promote our
Touching Tiny Lives appeal. Now
healthy five-year-olds, her twins
Harvey and Ruby were born just
26 weeks into her pregnancy.
Tracy Ridley, who featured in
the last issue of Touching Lives,
appeared in the Daily Mirror in
August in Dr Miriam Stoppard’s
column, talking about her
experiences of premature birth to
highlight our STAND UP for Tiny
Bacteria are single celled living
organisms with a distinct cell wall. They
reproduce by the division of one cell into
two, when the conditions are favourable.
If the conditions are unfavourable some
types can form spores, which can survive
for years. Bacteria are small and occur as
spheres, rods, or even spirals with
dimensions of a few microns (1 micron is
1/1000 of a millimetre). They are
everywhere — one gram of soil may
contain 40 million bacteria.
Obstetric cholestasis (OC) is associated
with fetal distress, spontaneous pre-term
delivery and stillbirth, and is
characterised by intense itching during
pregnancy. Some women scratch their
skin until it bleeds. It may account for up
to 40 stillbirths each year in Britain, but
some women do not report their
symptoms because they are told to
expect itching as part of a normal
Sick and hospitalised patients commonly
become infected with superbugs such as
MRSA. As the number of cases has risen
rapidly, so has the number of deaths —
between 2002 and 2006, 6,201 deaths
in England and Wales involved MRSA
and 15,683 deaths involved C. difficile —
making the need for an effective
treatment all the more urgent.
‘Plodding’ is the new craze in Action
Medical Research events, taking our
fundraising and endurance team
challenges to an exciting new level. We
are very lucky to be hosting two nightwalk
team challenges in the UK —
ScotPLOD in the Scottish Borders,
organised in partnership with The
Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team
and sponsored by Action Partners BMI
Healthcare Scotland, and PhotoPLOD in
Sussex, generously supported by Focus
"It all started when I had a fall in the bath. I banged my head, then got out of the bath and fell down the stairs. Slipping and falling was not unusual for me -- I just thought I was a bit clumsy. My mum used to say 'Oh, that's just Amy.'"But the next day I was sitting at work, looking at the computer, and I noticed that my eyesight wasn't quite right. I thought I needed glasses so went to my optician. She checked my eyes and couldn't see anything amiss, so recommended that I go to my doctor.
The report pulls together the views of
19 of the UK’s top doctors, nurses,
researchers and organisations on how
to tackle the problem of premature
During the reception, the politicians
heard moving testimony from parents
about their experiences of having a
premature baby, as well as from
researchers who are trying to
determine why it is happening.
Andrew Main, aged 4, died suddenly
in August 2007 from an extremely rare
and previously undetected problem
with the bone formation in his skull.
This summer Richard Pym and Karl
Tattam, colleagues of Andrew’s mum at
Cambridge City Council, completed the
Pathfinder March, a gruelling 46-mile
walk. The pair raised £1,058 for
Andrew’s Tribute Fund, with all funds
going to our Touching Tiny Lives appeal.
Cirencester Polo Club and ITN newsreader Steve Scott played host to the South West’s first polo event for Action Medical Research. More than 100 guests enjoyed a sumptuous three course meal, after which Michelle Chant emphasised the importance of ourTouching Tiny Lives appeal, telling of how she and her husband were tragically affected by premature birth.
How common is stroke?
Each year, about 150,000 people in the
UK have a stroke. That’s one person
every five minutes, so it’s no surprise
that stroke and its after-effects are
commonly dealt with by GPs. Most
people affected by stroke are over 65,
but children can fall victim too.