Saturday, 17 September 2011

Thursday, 15th September - Action Medical Research

Another cheat but today was writing a follow up press release for an event which raised money for Action Medical Research. I'm ashamed to say that I'd not heard of this charity before, which is shocking when I read through their history and see how much they've achieved, including; Genetic test for Von Hippel-Lindau disease; finding a gene for cleft lip and palate; pioneering hip replacements; preventing spina bifida with folic acid and the rubella vaccine. The event - a golf day - raised an incredible £13,000.


Although no-one won the keys to the star prize, the second annual Peter James Classic golf tournament raised £13,000 for Action Medical Research.

The event was held last week at Haywards Heath Golf Club and golfers were invited to hit a hole-in-one on the 17th hole

Last year saw the inaugural event raise more than £8,800 for the charity which funds research to improve the health of babies and children. The charity is 60 years old and has been at the forefront of medical breakthroughs such as the development of the UK polio vaccine (the sugar cube vaccine) and pioneering hip replacement surgery.

The event has been made possible by the sponsorship from a number of local businesses and there are competitions for golfers who get “nearest the pin”, “longest drive”, and “nearest the hole in two”.

As part of the fundraising, international author Peter James, who lives locally, is offering the opportunity for a local business in Haywards Heath to feature in his next Detective Inspector Grace novel.

Haywards Heath Renault dealer Dinnages supplied the prize M├ęgane with support from Tozer Insurance. Dinnages Dealer Principal Tom Simpson, said: “We all had a great day and are thrilled that the event raised so much money, with more, to come, for this charity which has done so much for people all over the UK”.

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1. Gill Thomas (Action Medical Research Committee Member), Bob Sansom (Event Organiser) , Sarah Stevenson (AMR Fundraising Area Manager), Tom Simpson (Dinnages), Sarah Baldock (Chairman Haywards Heath and Lindfield Fundraising Committee for AMR)

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