It’s National Volunteer’s Week 1-7 June and Action Medical Research is asking people across Essex to help them in their bid to save little lives.
Action raises funds for desperately needed research to tackle the diseases that devastate the lives of so many of our children.
It has been funding medical breakthroughs since it began in 1952 including helping to introduce the first polio vaccines in the UK, developing the use of ultrasound in pregnancy and testing the rubella vaccine.
The charity is currently funding research into conditions including asthma, prematurity, epilepsy, meningitis, cerebral palsy, brain cancer and some rare and distressing conditions.
Launched in 1952, the charity now organises a number of local, annual events in and arounds Essex including:
• London to Paris (https://www.action.org.uk/action-london-paris)
• Essex 100 (https://www.action.org.uk/essex-100)
• Action in the Autumn (https://www.action.org.uk/action-autumn)
Action has a number of committees across the UK whose members not only help with the charity’s established events, but some also organise their own. These can range from cake sales, to casino nights to plant fairs; they’re fun, social and help provide additional fundraising for the organisation.
Jane Charlton is the Volunteer Development Manager at Action: “We have around 1,000 volunteers across the UK who currently help us throughout the year. They are amazing and we honestly couldn’t function without them.
“We organise such a diverse range of fundraising events and activities which offer a variety of opportunities to help.
“Could you give a talk at a local school? Perhaps help marshal at one of our many bike rides or even organise a fundraising event of your own?”
Think you could help make a difference?
You can find out much more information about volunteering for Action Medical Research here https://www.action.org.uk/volunteers.