Touching Lives - September 2015
A royal seal of approval
His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh welcomed more than 100 Action guests to a champagne and canapé reception at Buckingham Palace to celebrate his 60th year as our charity Patron.
Held in the magnificent Blue Drawing Room, this special event was a wonderful opportunity for us to highlight the vital research we fund and mark six decades of royal support.
Dr Andy Ewer, Consultant Neonatologist at Birmingham’s Women’s Hospital, gave a speech about the significance of the charity today and the role it is playing in funding research into improving the diagnosis of necrotising enterocolitis, a serious bowel disease that can affect newborn babies.
There was also a chance for guests to learn more about six other studies currently being funded by Action. These included projects to help children with chronic pain, germ cell cancers, cystic fibrosis and Perthes’ disease. As well as work aimed at refining cooling therapy for babies and improving very premature children’s attainment in maths.
Phil Hodkinson, Chair of Action Medical Research, said: “We feel very honoured that His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh has been our Patron for 60 years and continues to support the charity. It was a lovely occasion and a wonderful opportunity for our advocates and researchers to mix and get to know each other, and the work of the charity, better.”