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Children’s charity Action Medical Research seeks riders for new Berkshire cycle challenge

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Children’s charity Action Medical Research is encouraging cyclists in Berkshire to sign up for the RIDE Wessex Downs cycle challenge. The event will take place on Sunday 10th April, 2022. All routes, ranging from 34 to 100 miles on Road, and 34 to 63 miles on Gravel, set out from Pangbourne College, near Reading.

With the choice of five routes, across road and gravel, there's sure to be something for every level of cyclist. From those just starting out, to more experienced riders building up strength after the winter months, and even those who want to get muddy and dirty, taking their riding off-road on a choice of two gravel routes. This event is part of the charity’s popular RIDE series of one-day bike rides that take place in fantastic cycling locations across the UK and welcomes all levels of cyclists. Entry is just £34 for the Cool route or £42 for the Classic and Champion, which includes chip timing, food, water stations, marshals and mechanics.

Cyclists participating in the RIDE Wessex Downs will be raising money to help fund medical research into conditions affecting babies and children.

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 areas including premature birth, epilepsy, scarlet fever, cerebral palsy, brain cancer and some rare and distressing conditions.

The charity is currently funding a study taking place at the University of Manchester. The research, co-funded with LifeArc, is investigating treatment for the rare and devastating condition Hunter syndrome and hopes to one day transform the outlook for boys like Danny,  who was diagnosed with Hunter syndrome at just three years old.

Through  funds raised at events like RIDE Wessex Downs, Action Medical Research are able to continue funding research into rare and devastating conditions such as Hunter syndrome, as well as many other diseases that devastate families.

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For more information about the RIDE Wessex Downs, please contact Steph Mottram, Cycling Fundraiser:

T: 07708 279187


For more information on Action Medical Research, please contact Grace Wardley, Communications and Engagement Officer:

T: 07725 090008



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Action Medical Research is the leading UK-wide charity saving and changing children’s lives through medical research. For 70 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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