Action Medical Research

Action Medical Research is a UK-wide charity that funds vital research to help sick babies and children. The charity was actually born in 1952 out of Duncan guthrie’s (founder) quest to find a cure for polio which was affecting his own daughter.

The charity does this by funding medical research, developing treatments, vaccinations and cures, and have spent over £117 million, funding incredible breakthroughs in medicine including developing the use of ultrasound technology in pregnancy and testing the rubella vaccine to name just a few.

However, there is still much more that needs to be achieved to fund more life-saving and life-changing research for the UK’s sickest babies and children. The charity currently plans on funding research projects into children’s cancer, cystic fibrosis, epilepsy and cerebral palsy and much more.

Historic breakthroughs

Supporters’ valuable donations will go a long way in ensuring the Action Medical Research is at the forefront of preventing, solving and treating illnesses or difficulties children have. It's important to note that Action Medical Research make a point of spending your money wisely. They will always fund research that is likely to have the biggest impact, and will show supporters how their support is helping them. Here are two great examples:

Drop Foot

Research funded by AMR has played a pivotal role in developing technology used to treat drop foot, a condition caused by nerve signals being disrupted on the way to the muscles. Drop foot makes walking very difficult as it is very hard to lift one or both feet, making a child drag their feet along the pavement making tripping and falling increasingly likely. A simple, small device was created using FES technology (Functional Electrical Stimulation), low-energy electrical pulses that mimic those natural nerve signals, in order to make lifting the front of the foot easier.

This treatment has already helped over 15,000 people in the UK.

Stillbirth

Stillbirth is a scary reality that, tragically, 9 parents-to-be experience on a daily basis in the UK. Parents face devastating news, which leaves behind a long-lasting emotional strain. Stillbirth raises many questions, including why it happened in the first place; will it happen again; what can we do to avoid it?

Action Medical Research, along with partners Cure Kids and Sands, funded a 3-year study looking into sleeping position and its relationship to the risk of stillbirth and what advice can be given to reduce the likelihood of stillbirth called the Midlands and North of England Stillbirth Study (MiNESS). The team worked with 291 women who had experienced stillbirth and 733 women who had a live birth. The study confirmed that pregnant women who sleep on their back are more likely to have a stillbirth.

After publishing their findings, the 'Sleep on Side' campaign gained wide media coverage, helping reduce stillbirths by 3.7% - saving around 130 babies every year.

Other ways to support

There are lots of ways supporters can show their support. Taking on a sporting challenge can be fun with your friends, and Action Medical Research take things to a new level with their night treks and their cycling events.

Supporters currently attending university can be part of the growing team of student ambassadors whilst boosting employability. Learn marketing skills hands-on by promoting outdoor events at the campus, whilst making a huge difference for others.

Would you spend £12 if it mean you could turn that into £500, or even £5,000? By signing up to the Action Weekly Lottery, supporters will have a chance to win amazing cash prizes, and be entered into a rollover draw for £5,000.

Address

Vincent House
Horsham
RH12 2DP

Website

action.org.uk/

Contact Number

01403 210406