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Action Medical Research honours loyal Southend-on-Sea committee

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Stalwart members of the Southend-on-Sea committee for Action Medical Research have been honoured for their loyal service to the UK-wide children’s charity.

The committee, which has raised more than £250,000 to save and change children’s lives since it was founded, received an outstanding achievement award in recognition of their fundraising efforts.

The certificate from Action Medical Research is the highest recognition given to its volunteers and is signed by the charity’s patron, HRH The Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh.

“It was a real surprise to be presented with such a special award and something we shall all treasure,” says Lyn Wiltshire, chair of the committee which raised £1,500 at a recent fundraising lunch on Friday, 25 November.

The committee members are: chair Lyn Wiltshire, deputy chair Brenda Goodhind, treasurer Wendy Grant, assistant treasurer Lyn Andrassy, secretary Briony Ray-Smith, assistant secretary Gaye Caulkett, Judy Barden, Susie Cottell, Jackie Herring, Gill Oldham, Anna Sanderson, Barbara Santarelli, Angela Scarborough and Judith Williams.

Since Action Medical Research began in 1952, it has spent more than £115 million helping support some amazing medical breakthroughs that have helped save thousands of children’s lives and changed many more. Some of the work it previously supported is now commonplace in medical care, such as the vaccines for polio and rubella, the use of ultrasound scanning in pregnancy and the importance of taking folic acid before and during pregnancy to prevent spina bifida.

It is currently funding research into premature birth, meningitis, Down syndrome and epilepsy, as well as some rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.

Lucy Hynes, the charity’s Community Fundraising Manager for the region, said: “We’re very proud to present the committee with this special award in grateful recognition of their exceptional commitment and dedication to Action Medical Research over so many years.

“It's thanks to the extraordinary hard work of volunteers like these that the charity has been able to establish such a long and distinguished track record of funding life-changing research to help babies and children. We hope people will continue to support their local fundraisers so we can do even more in the future.”

If you are interested in helping to raise funds for Action Medical Research, please email Lucy Hynes at or call 07788 275896.

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Action Medical Research is a leading UK-wide charity saving and changing children’s lives through medical research. For more than 60 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, 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.

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