Thursday 25 July 2013

Have you heard of Action Medical Research?

I received a very lovely e-mail from Tedi who works for a PR company on behalf of Action Medical Research, I have to say I had never heard of the charity. I liked her approach and how she taken the time to read my blog before she approached me. Her opening lines were

Having already raised 5 children and now with 2 grandchildren and one with several health issues and special needs, I thought this offer might hold special interest for you. Action Medical Research has a great deal of reach within the cycling community but has not had much exposure with Mums and children. We feel like the Blogging Community could help bridge that gap and let people know how many events they have to offer and how easily everyone can get involved in ways to help raise funds to help support research into many issues that burden children and their families.. Let me know if you would like to work with me on this. Thank you for considering it. ~ Tedi 

So I popped over to have a look what the charity was all about and thought it is something I would like to share on my blog. Please feel free and share with your readers, and also consider them as a charity if you are doing a fund raising event.

So who are Action Medical Research?

Action Medical Research is a UK-wide charity saving and changing children’s lives through medical research. We want to make a difference in:

  • tackling premature birth and treating sick and vulnerable babies
  • helping children affected by disability, disabling conditions and infections
targeting rare diseases that together severely affect many forgotten children

Medical research for children is a neglected area and ACTION MEDICAL RESEARCH relies entirely on public support. With increased public awareness and support, they will be able to fund even more life-changing research for some of the UK's sickest  babies and children. We are asking bloggers to use social media to spread the word on the wide range of fund-raising events people can participate in throughout the year, as well as the good work the organization continues by funding the search for answers to prevent childhood diseases and illness associated with pre-mature birth.

Whatever a persons ambition, sporting ability, or location, ACTION MEDICAL RESEARCH offers incredible events with excellent support, providing the opportunity for all who wish to participate. Every event helps fund medical research to treat sick babies and tackle premature birth, to make life better for children with disabilities and to target a group of rare diseases that together severely affect many forgotten children. Events throughout the UK, Scotland and Northern Ireland include Cycling, Running, Trekking, Open Challenges, Overnight PLOD Walks, Team Challenges, Bring Your Bear, Walk for Tiny Lives, Social Events and Fairs. To find out more about different types of events in specific areas, see

A great event for Mums and children is the very popular Bring Your Bear. Up and down the country thousands of schools and nurseries will choose a day from May onwards when the children bring their teddy bear to a party. Every child brings in two pounds with their bear, as a simple and fun way to support vital research to help babies and children. 
Here is a link with some great Paddington activities you can use with your children to help raise awareness of ACTION MEDICAL RESEARCH and the Bring Your Bear event.

One piece  of research that I like is the issue of feeding premature babies, Fifi was born at 29+6 weighing 3lb 3 oz.

Fifi in her incubator

The way premature babies are fed in hospitals could be set to change following the results of a research programme – funded by children’s charity Action Medical Research* – which were published online in the journal Pediatrics, 9 April 2012. 

You can read more about this important issue here

Please feel free, pop over and have a read, share with family and friends, and maybe even consider fund raising for them in some capacity in the future.

Disclosure - I received a 12 inch Paddington Bear from AMR but would have happily shared without.


  1. I didn't know Fifi had been in an incubator look at her now !

  2. Yes Claire, neither of the grandchildren so far have been without incident, fingers crossed for the twins. I did a post on it way back if you want a read


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