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Action Medical Research chosen charity for new family festival in Cambridgeshire

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Action Medical Research is delighted to announce it is the chosen charity for the inaugural ‘Hunts Fun Fest’ on Sunday, 27 August.

The event is being held at Huntingdon Racecourse from midday. There will be live music headlined by the band Into The Ark (as seen on The Voice), a vintage car rally and a kids’ inflatable zone! Action’s mascot Paddington Bear™ will also be there soaking up the atmosphere and having his picture taken.

Lucy Hynes is the charity’s Fundraising Manager for the area: “It is a real honour to be picked as the chosen charity and we’d like to thank Huntingdon Racecourse for considering us.

“Action is a UK-wide charity funding vital research to help babies and children. We’re on a mission to save and change children’s lives through medical research, developing treatments, vaccinations and cures.

“Events like this help make a huge difference to the work we do. We can’t wait to see everyone at the racecourse on 27 August!”

Tickets are £12 (adults), £8 (children) or £35 (family) and can be bought in advance here.

The General Manager of Huntingdon Racecourse Liam Johnson added: “We feel privileged to work in conjunction with Action Medical Research for a new event which focuses on bringing together a local community.

“Action is a fantastic charity that touches the lives of so many people. Their work has helped save thousands of children’s lives over the years and the commitment of its volunteers is exceptionally admirable.”

Action Medical Research is a UK-wide children’s charity which funds 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.

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About Paddington Bear:

For almost 60 years, British-born writer Michael Bond has been delighting children and families all over the world with his stories about Paddington, the bear from Darkest Peru famous for his love of marmalade. Paddington is popular with both children and adults who feel affectionate and warm towards him and the charm and humour of the Paddington stories is the key to their enduring popularity.

Paddington’s adventures have been adapted several times for television and at the end of 2014 Paddington made his debut onto the big screen. The movie, produced by Studiocanal, part of the international content and media group Vivendi, is the best-selling non-Hollywood family movie ever released. A second Paddington movie, Paddington 2, is set to launch globally at the end of 2017.

In 2016, Vivendi took full ownership of the Paddington brand worldwide, with the exception of the classic publishing rights.

In recognition of Paddington’s extraordinary popularity and success, Michael Bond was awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) from the Queen for services to children’s literature in 1997 and a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in 2015. In June of 2017, Michael Bond passed away leaving a legacy of one of the best loved children’s characters in the world, 15 Paddington Bear novels,  countless other formats, and a world-wide merchandising programme.  2018 marks the 60th Anniversary of the first book, A Bear Called Paddington, published by HarperCollins in 1958.

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Action Medical Research is a leading UK-wide charity saving and changing children’s lives through medical research. For 65 years we’ve helped pioneer ways to prevent disease and develop treatments benefiting millions of people. Our research has helped to beat polio in the UK, develop ultrasound in pregnancy, fight meningitis and prevent stillbirths. But we urgently need to develop more new treatments and cures for sick babies and children and we can’t do it without you.

Join our fight for little lives today.

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