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Children’s charity reveals superstar line-up for Champions of CycleSport Dinner

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The biggest names in cycling will help take Action Medical Research’s Champions of CycleSport Dinner up a gear when it returns in November.

The star-studded event raised more than £230,000 in 2021 to help save and change children’s lives in 2021, thanks to high-profile supporters including Danny MacAskill, Ethan Hayter and Dan Martin.

This year the black-tie dinner, which is supported by Garmin, who deliver innovative GPS technology across aviation, marine, fitness, outdoor recreation, tracking and mobile apps, accountancy and business advisory firm BDO and Lucky Saint, the UK's number one dedicated alcohol-free beer brand, returns on Thursday, 24 November, at Evolution London in Battersea Park.

Heading the guestlist to show their support for the fight for little lives will be Alex Dowsett, Gee Atherton, Dani Rowe MBE, Martyn Ashton and Rochelle Gilmore. Seven-times Paralympic medallist Jody Cundy CBE will be walking the red carpet, along with Sean Yates and brothers Russ and Dean Downing. They will be joined by Connor Swift, Hannah Walker and Jon Mould as well as regular hosts Matt Barbet, Matt Stephens and Rebecca Charlton.

“Action Medical Research have done some incredible work on rare diseases which, when you look at them collectively, are having a colossal impact,” says Alex Dowsett, who was diagnosed with the rare blood condition haemophilia as a toddler and is the only able-bodied elite athlete with the condition (which primarily affects males).

“Haemophilia treatment has progressed over the past 30 years, thanks in part to the work done by charities like Action Medical Research which means that the future is very bright for haemophiliacs, including my daughter, who is a carrier. I want her to enter into a haemophilia world where there is equal care and opportunities and just the best start possible if she were to have a little boy.

“As well as funding some incredible research to help save and change children’s lives, the charity also put on a great programme of sportives throughout the year which makes the perfect fit to celebrate the best of cycling.”

Image of celebrities on stage at 2021 event

Action Medical Research is the leading UK-wide children’s charity dedicated to funding research to tackle the diseases that devastate the lives of so many of our children. It has been funding medical breakthroughs for the past 70 years including helping to introduce the first polio vaccines in the UK, developing the use of ultrasound in pregnancy and testing the rubella vaccine.

It is now driving forward children’s research in the fight against COVID-19 and long-COVID as well as funding research into conditions including asthma, prematurity, cerebral palsy, leukaemia and some rare and distressing conditions.

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Action Medical Research is the leading UK-wide charity dedicated to 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.

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