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The ‘Sewing Soldier’ sets his sights on Aberdeen for Action

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The sewing solder

He might be wearing his camouflage combats, but people will still be able to see ‘The Sewing Soldier’ in Aberdeen next month.

Lieutenant Colonel Neil Stace will be speaking at the five-star Marcliffe Hotel & Spa on Thursday 14 March for Action Medical Research’s ‘Aberdeen Ladies Lunch’.

“It’s a fantastic charity”, says the 50-year-old father of two. “I am delighted to donate my time for such a worthy cause.

“I’m really looking forward to heading up to Aberdeen and sharing my stories with all the guests. It’s going to be a great afternoon and hopefully we’ll raise lots of money for Action.”

Neil was a finalist in the third series of the Great British Sewing Bee. He has been sewing and knitting since he was 8-years-old and has made everything from Wedding dresses to sniper suits.

He will discuss his own experiences in the army and how his sewing skills have been put to good use on the front line in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Northern Ireland. He will also talk about the less dangerous but just as challenging experience of being a reality TV contestant!

Action’s Community Fundraiser for Aberdeen Cecilia Cooper says it’ll be a great event: “Our local committee organises the Aberdeen Ladies Lunch fundraiser every year and always manages to attract top guests.

“I can’t wait to hear Neil’s stories and hopefully pick up a few pointers a well!”

Tickets are £40 (inclusive of 2 course lunch, reception drink and wine).

To find out more you can call Cecilia on 01236 782820 or email 

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.

Action is currently funding research into areas including premature birth, epilepsy, asthma, scarlet fever, cerebral palsy, brain cancer and some rare and distressing conditions.





The University of Aberdeen is currently participating in research that is looking at treatments for asthmatic children.

You can find out more information about the research which is being led by Professor Somnath Mukhopadhyay, of Brighton’s Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital by tapping the link:



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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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