Sadly, Maureen has personal experience of one of Action's research areas. She lost her first baby to pre-eclampsia in 1950. Thankfully she then gave birth safely to her children Nigel and Ros. Maureen first became an Action supporter back in 1968, joining a group of friends in setting up the Hull and Beverley Committee. Maureen has remained a close supporter of the charity over the years.
Anne and Stuart
In the 1980s Anne and Stuart’s disabled son Paul was the youngest person in the UK to benefit from a revolutionary walking device, called a Reciprocating Gait Orthosis (RGO), which was developed with funding from Action. Sadly, Paul died suddenly at just 14 but Anne and Stuart say they are left with the most amazing memories and his legacy lives on in many ways.
Dr Shivani Bailey
Dr Shivani Bailey of the University of Cambridge was awarded a Research Training Fellowship (RTF) by Action in 2014. The RTF scheme supports promising doctors and researchers early on in their careers.
She is studying a possible new treatment for germ cell cancers (GCC), one that improves survival rates and causes fewer long-term effects.
Keith and Fleur
Keith and Fleur's son Aiden suffered from oxygen shortage at birth as a result of a traumatic delivery. He was treated with cooling therapy, a treatment borne out of a 20 year programme of research, to which Action contributed.
Anne, a mother of three and now a grandmother of seven, first got involved with Action in the early 1970s. Her daughter had become seriously ill as a baby, spending more than half of her first year of life in hospital. After meeting an Action supporter it didn’t take long for her to be amazed by the work Action was helping to fund and she wanted to be involved. She went on to join a committee and has been devoted to the charity ever since.
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