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First three cycling stars confirmed for ‘Champions’ gala event

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Action Medical Research has confirmed the first three BIG names who will be attending the 2018 Champions of CycleSport Dinner in London, kindly supported by Garmin.

The annual event – which will once again be held at Battersea Evolution - raises hundreds of thousands of pounds for the children’s charity every year.

Alex Dowsett, who recently joined Team Katusha–Alpecin, has been supporting Action for a number of years; in 2018 he became the charity’s ‘Cycling Ambassador’.

Alex, who suffers from haemophilia, says he’s proud to support Action: “I’ve had the pleasure of being involved with quite a few Action events now.

“The ‘Champs Dinner’ is always an amazing experience and I’m so pleased to be a part of it. Knowing the money raised is going to help fund vital research for poorly children means a great deal to me.” 

Both Dani Rowe MBE and Yanto Barker have been regular attendees to the fundraising dinner in recent years.

Speaking in 2017 Yanto explained why he continues to lend his support: “Action Medical Research raises funds for vital research to help poorly children. Their main fundraising revenue comes from big cycling events like this one; I honestly can’t think of a better way to help raise money for such a great cause.”

Action organises a number of fundraising cycling events throughout the year, including: The Ride 100 series, Action London-Paris  as well as corporate events.

Dani Rowe MBE has won Olympic Gold, 3 World titles and numerous European and British medals including a bronze at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

She says she is always impressed with the variety of challenges available for the charity’s supporters: “Action organises some amazing cycling events across the UK. I think it’s great that anyone can sign up for a personal challenge and know they’re helping a worthy cause at the same time.” 

The Action Medical Research ‘Champions of CycleSport Dinner’ is a major event in the calendar for all cycling enthusiasts. As well as a chance to meet and talk to some of the world’s most elite athletes, there’s also the opportunity to purchase some unique memorabilia and experiences.

Last year’s sold-out event raised £260,000 with some amazing prizes auctioned off on the night including: a Garmin Fenix Watch, an original portrait of Stephen Roche (painted by Paul Oz) and a framed Red Jersey from the Vuelta, signed by the winner Chris Froome.

Tables for the 2018 event for 10 people are available in Bronze, Silver or Gold class – the coveted Gold standard has the best view in the house and your very own cycling legend guaranteed at your table.

This year’s Champions of CycleSport Dinner is kindly supported by Garmin and Rouleur.

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, asthma, scarlet fever, cerebral palsy, brain cancer and some rare and distressing conditions.






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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 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.

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