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Touching Lives - October 2009

In loving memory

The charity is grateful to all the families and friends of those listed below who are giving generously to support the work Action Medical Research through Touching Lives Tribute Funds.

Paul Simpson
Anne and Stuart Simpson were thrilled to receive another cheque for £480 for Paul's Tribute Fund from the Footlights Players who put on a very entertaining pantomime entitled "Harry Trotter and The Pirates of Prestbury". Anne wrote to tell us: “It's so endearing that this amateur production group have taken us "under its wing" in this way. We took along various family and friends to the event which ironically was held this year at Paul's school, Fallibroome High School, in Macclesfield.”

Andrew Winckler
More than £22,500 has been raised in honour of Andrew Winckler, a distinguished figure in the City of London who died of POEMS syndrome in January 2007.  His family is very grateful to all Andrew’s friends and colleagues who donated so generously to his tribute fund.  Since POEMS is so rare and there are not enough cases for a specific research project on it, the family wanted the money to go to stem-cell research which was relevant to neurological conditions .  The monies raised have been allocated to Professor Franklin’s research into Multiple Sclerosis and Myelin loss in Neurological Diseases.  The results could be fundamentally important for devising treatments for MS (from which Andrew’s sister suffers) and other neurological diseases.

Professor John Dunning OBE
Professor Dunning, emeritus professor of international business at the University of Reading, was a long term supporter of the charity.  Christine Dunning set up a fund in John’s honour and all gifts donated are supporting our research project into investigating brain damage at birth, preventing cerebral palsy, learning disabilities and epilepsy.  This work could also lead to a treatment that relieves labour pains while also helping protect babies from brain damage and lifelong disability.

Lana Keeble
Lana’s mum, Liz, had an inspirational fundraising idea – organising 10 sponsored runs to celebrate what would have been Lana’s 10th birthday. Liz told us: “Little Lana was born on 8 March 1999, three months early and weighing just two pounds. So beautiful, so perfect with long, elegant but tiny fingers, a sweet little button nose and the biggest smile.”  Liz has set up an online tribute fund in honour of Lana, which also includes a sponsorship page so that friends can leave messages of support and sponsor her if they wish.

David Scantlebury
David was a keen biker and he and many of his friends and colleagues supported Action Medical Research by taking part in the annual Action 100 bike ride from Bristol to London.  Wendy Coe, his partner, has set up a tribute fund in his honour, and his friends are organising a series of sponsored bike rides to support his favourite charity.

Andrew Main
Well done to Karl Tattam - he raised a fantastic £2,800 in sponsorship by running the London Marathon in Andrew’s memory.  Karl and his colleague Richard Pym previously raised over £1,000 from the gruelling 46-mile Pathfinder March.

Nakita Sofat
Nakita was taken ill suddenly in October 2008 and despite a courageous fight, first with meningitis and then to an adverse reaction to medication, she lost her battle on 22 November 2008. Thank you to everyone at Punter Southall Financial Management who is fundraising in Nakita’s memory.  They recently organised a very successful Quiz Night, raising £444 and a Movie Night which raised £100 towards Nakita’s fund, bringing the total up to over £1,200.

If you would like to know more about setting up a Touching Lives Tribute Fund either for a person you have lost or to celebrate the life of someone who has survived a life-threatening illness, please call Jane Tarrant on 01403 327414 or e-mail

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