Volunteers | Action Medical Research

About Action

Action has funded research which has helped to:

  • Beat polio
  • Fight meningitis
  • Prevent stillbirth
  • Develop ultrasound
  • Limit brain damage in babies using cooling therapy

Action takes action to save and change children's lives through medical research.

Why Action?

A leading UK children's medical research charity:

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Action is funding over 75 UK research projects across the UK.

Your support will help us find the next medical breakthrough. 

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Children depend on Action. We depend on you.

Help pack and sell our delicious Cream Teas - Find out more.

There are lots of ways you can help and even a few hours can make a real difference.

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Meet Sue

Committee member

I teamed up with one friend and we run a Committee (small but perfectly formed and now 30 years old!). In the early days we ran simple coffee mornings. Now we run a Xmas Ball and a giant 'Picnic in the Park' summer concert. I love volunteering for Action. Before you know it, you're doing things you never thought you could!

Meet Colin


I make contact with local groups and clubs (like Rotary and cricket clubs). I give talks about Action using a Speaker toolkit I was given. I find making a difference to little lives in this way, so rewarding!

Meet Kirsten

Event volunteer

A busy mum of two, I do what I can, when I can. It's included sourcing raffle prizes and helping at a gift fair, a bike ride and a picnic with Paddington Bear. Also, I've joined a new group and helped at their launch ladies' lunch. I find and flex the time. Maybe you can? It's such a great charity.

Join in.  Have fun.

Make a difference.

They did! 

It varies a lot and you decide what suits you.  Some volunteers help at a single event for a couple of hours, some stay for the whole day and some help for a few hours each month.
Lots of different things! See the website for some of them and contact us to chat about what’s right for you.  You might: sell tickets; give talks; source raffle prizes; help at indoor events like lunches or gift fairs; help at outdoor events like bike rides; help clear up after events; join a group and run events; set up a new group (using our Action bumper pack of resources to help you); put on a single fundraising event like a pub quiz; or be part of a cheering party encouraging Action runners or cyclists.
No. Not one bit. Some of our amazing volunteers help at just one or two events each year (like a bike ride or local gift fair).
Yes. We value your skills and time and don’t want you to be out of pocket. You agree in advance and can claim local mileage or standard class return fares on buses or trains.
We have lots of groups across the UK. There may be one in your town or village.  If there isn’t, you can either join the nearest one to you or you can set up your own using our bumper pack of resources.
No. Many of our volunteers are independent supporters and volunteers, helping at individual events. You choose what suits you.
You might be helping with tasks like: signage; parking and security; registration; feed station; sweep vehicle; roadside marshal; luggage transport. You decide what suits you.
No. Not at all. We need friendly individuals to help at start and finish points and refreshment stops; flexible administrators to work on registration desks; and  people confident in setting up tents, putting up banners and crowd barriers.  But if you are a cyclist for example, your expertise could help us with other tasks like route signage and basic bike repairs.
You make contact with organisations, such as Rotary clubs and cricket clubs, and arrange to give a talk about the charity using a speaker pack provided.  The organisation may pay a fee or give a donation and you are spreading the word about the fantastic research funded by Action, past and present.
You inspire a school to fundraise for Action or to choose Action as the charity of choice for school events.   It can be just one school and any age (nursery, primary, secondary or public; large or small; whole school or single class). 
Contact us for a chat about what suits you best. Find out more.


Do something amazing! Join or start a group!

There may be a group near you.

Or even better, start your own, big or small. Get in touch.


Action fundraising groups are busy all year running events including


  • quiz nights
  • lunches, perhaps with a speaker?
  • golf tournaments
  • dinners and balls
  • music events
  • wine-tastings
  • sponsored walks for little lives
  • bike rides
  • cream teas

Join in.  Have fun.

Make a difference.

They did!

Start your own group

Are you a leader?  Can you make things happen?  Do you have what it takes?

We urgently need new groups starting in all shapes and sizes and in all areas.

There is a bumper pack of materials and your own regional fundraiser to help you along the way.  

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Recent new groups: "We did it. So can you!"


"We got a small group going and raised £655 in a burnathon and are proud of it."

Arbroath new group members


"Our new group put on a fabulous ladies' lunch with Tony Hadley and raised over £14,000 and we're proud of it."  Mid-Kent Committee pictured with Go West.

       Emma - New group leader

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