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Ziggurat 2017: Building a future for medical research

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Children’s charity Action Medical Research is proud to announce the inaugural Ziggurat – our annual cycling adventure for folk from the constructions and built environment sector – and it is gearing up to be a great success.

Setting off from Coulsdon, Surrey on 19 July, around 50 cyclists have so far signed up to ride a 275 mile route that will take in beautiful scenery on both sides of the Channel before culminating in Paris on 23 July (the day before the final stage of the most iconic ride event of all time – the Tour de France).

Designed and delivered by the highly experienced Action Medical Research cycling team, Ziggurat has been made possible through the support of our ride partners Brett Group, Mace, Glendining Highways, and Dome Consulting.

Bill Brett, Chairman of the Brett Group, says he cannot wait to get going: “When Action contacted us about getting involved, we jumped at the chance. I’m a keen cyclist myself and I just thought the opportunity to spend a few days this summer in the saddle alongside colleagues from the industry was too good to miss.”

Peter Glendining, CEO of Glendining Highways, will also be taking on the challenge: “I think Action is an amazing charity and I couldn’t be prouder to lend our support. I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for the weather and looking forward to a well-deserved glass of red when we reach the capital!”

A number of companies within the constructions and built environment sector are being represented, including: Quattro UK Ltd, AFI – Group and Jaguar Landrover.

Senior Partnerships Development Manager for Action Medical Research, Sarah Stevenson, says: “I think it’s a great chance for cycling enthusiasts within the industry to get together and share their passion. It could even be a unique networking opportunity, which certainly beats the boardroom and it promises to be a trip to remember

“And of course money raised from all of the riders taking part will really help fund medical research that will save and change little lives.”

For 65 years Action Medical Research has helped pioneer treatments and ways to prevent disease that have benefited millions of people in the UK and across the world. Research they’ve funded has helped to beat polio in the UK, develop ultrasound in pregnancy, fight meningitis and prevent stillbirths.

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

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The full list of companies represented:

Nynas, AABC Bagging Ltd, Scott Parnell Ltd, Quattro UK Ltd, Volkerwessels UK, Day group Ltd, GRS Bagging Ltd, London Concrete Ltd, Elliotts, Fireclad Ltd, AFI – Group, Jaguar Landrover, Morrisroe UK Ltd, Blu – 3,Target Site Services.

For more information on Action Medical Research, please contact Peter Denton, Fundraising Communications Officer, on:

T 01403 327480



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