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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. 

If you have anything to leave, leave it to Action. They work on very important research, and they have a great amount of success.

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.

For us it’s a given that we will include Action in our wills. The charity holds a very special place in our hearts. We feel proud to know that the gift we leave behind will help fund the type of breakthroughs that made a real difference to Paul’s life.

Dr Shivani Bailey

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.

I am acutely aware of the importance of charities such as Action in funding potentially life-saving research. This is why, along with looking after my own family after my death, I would like to leave a gift in my will to Action.

Dr Shivani Bailey

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. 

Aiden is getting a chance at life thanks to Action’s research. We want to ensure others get the same chance and so we have decided to leave a legacy in our wills. This is our way to continue to give back once we're gone and continue to help others

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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.

Some people don’t like to talk about it but one thing is certain in life, we all die. I want others to be able to benefit after I’m gone. We’d had so many wonderful things from the health service that I wanted to give something back. I see it as investing in the next generation.

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