Cycling around the world for great causes
Throughout 2016 we have been completing our ‘Round the world’ cycling event raising money for our chosen children’s charities, and having some fun and exercise while we’re at it!
Every one of our offices across the South East took part to clock up an amazing 38,034km, and raising £89,815 for charity. We’re proud to say that we achieved our round the world challenge and this takes our staff charity fundraising total to £362,815 and counting over the last four years.
A huge thank you to all those that donated and supported us on this challenge.
Action Medical Research
At Action we save and change children’s lives through medical research.
We believe that the diseases that devastate the lives of so many of our children can be beaten. We have been funding medical breakthroughs since we began in 1952 like the first polio vaccines in the UK, ultrasound in pregnancy and the rubella vaccine – helping to save thousands of children’s lives and change many more.
Surprisingly medical research to help children is poorly funded in the UK. Action Medical Research has a critical job to do in helping fill this gap to protect children. The prospects for finding new cures and treatments are almost within our grasp. We have vital research ready to go – we simply can’t fund it all.
Research we are funding includes: Asthma, Autism, Blindness, Brain Cancer, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Epilepsy, Meningitis, Premature birth, and other rare diseases.
We work on the Isle of Wight to support recently bereaved families where a child has died and also to help families who have children with life-limiting disabilities and terminal illnesses. We try to remain as flexible as possible in how we help those who need it, as we understand that every family and child is different, with circumstances personal to them. The majority of our financial support goes toward helping families with weekly financial assistance when undergoing mainland treatment under our Crisis Aid programme. We also work to support the local hospital, other organisations and the community teams in improving facilities and services where possible for families.
To ensure we help only families that truly need it, we work closely with the Children's Community Nursing Team and other departments at St. Mary's Hospital, from where we get the majority of our referrals. We also work closely with other local and national charities, networking to ensure that families get the best overall care package that is possible for their circumstances
Macmillan Cancer Support
Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer. They provide practical, medical, emotional and financial support and push for better cancer care.
We are proud to support the wonderful work of the Macmillan nurses and take part in their Annual Coffee Mornings in order to raise much needed funds for cancer relief.
In addition we have made a number of donations and continue to sponsor other charities and individual cases all based around children with disability, both physical and mental, as part of our work in the community programme.