Gearing up for champion event | Action Medical Research

Touching Lives - October 2010

Gearing up for champion event

Some of the biggest names on two wheels will meet guests at a glittering, fundraising event to celebrate cycling. Professional cyclists including Chris Boardman, Sean Yates, John Herety, Sean Kelly and Nicole Cooke are set to join 400 attendees at the first Champions of CycleSport Dinner next month.

Guests have paid to enjoy a fabulous champagne reception and gourmet supper with the sports stars. The evening is expected to be hosted by newsreader Dermot Murnaghan, who rode for the charity on one of its overseas tours in 2009 and again this year.

Action Medical Research has built up an enviable reputation for delivering the best ride experiences for serious cyclists as well as hobbyists looking for a challenge. The charity’s cycling portfolio includes some of the greatest 100-mile rides, the sell-out [London to Paris]( tour, which raised over £1 million this year, and the highly competitive RIDE24.

Olympic cyclist Nicole Cooke is an ambassador for the charity. She said: “I became involved with Action in 2009 and it was the charity’s passion for cycling that initially brought us together.

“I was privileged to visit one of the projects funded by Action at Hammersmith Hospital, London, and was very moved by the work of doctors and researchers studying premature birth.

“The Champions of CycleSport Dinner will be raising much-needed funds for research that could lead to life-changing treatments for babies and children.” The gala dinner will be held at the Emirates stadium in London, the home of Arsenal football club, on Thursday 18 November 2010.

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