Paralympian Steve Brown will be the star of the show at an annual fundraising event in Aberdeen in aid of UK-wide children’s charity Action Medical Research.
Steve, who was captain of the wheelchair rugby team in the 2012 London Paralympics, will take centre stage at the Aberdeen Ladies’ Lunch at the Marcliffe Hotel and Spa on Thursday, 16 March 2017.
Last year guest of honour Connie Fisher helped to raise more than £10,000 to save and change the lives of sick and disabled babies and children and hopes are high for the event’s 20th anniversary in March.
Steve, who was paralysed after a spinal cord injury in 2005, now works as a TV presenter – including presenting at the Invictus Games – and a mentor, coach and public speaker; in 2015 he was named among the Power 100, a list of the most influential people in Britain with a disability or impairment.
“We’re very much looking forward to welcoming Steve as the speaker at this year’s Aberdeen Ladies’ Lunch – he’s a truly inspirational man and we really look forward to hearing about his personal highs and lows, including the pressures of captaincy at 2012,” says Janet Balcombe, Action Medical Research’s Community Fundraising Manager for Scotland.
Tickets for the lunch, organised by the Aberdeen Action Medical Research Committee, include a glass of Buck’s Fizz and a delicious two-course lunch. There will also be a raffle packed with impressive prizes.
With the help of its supporters, Action Medical Research has played a significant role in many medical breakthroughs for more than 60 years, from the development of the first UK polio vaccines to the use of ultrasound in pregnancy.
The charity has more than £11 million currently invested in the work of more than 230 top researchers, working on over 75 projects across the UK into meningitis, Down syndrome, epilepsy and premature birth, as well as some rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.
Among the research the charity is currently funding is a study at the University of Aberdeen’s Institute of Medical Sciences.
Around 200 babies are born with cataracts each year in the UK.1 They can develop blurred or misty vision, or even go blind; estimates suggest up to 210,000 children worldwide have lost their sight to cataracts.2-4 Surgery can restore children’s vision if done soon enough, but its effects aren’t perfect.
Professor Colin McCaig, of the University of Aberdeen, is investigating whether a revolutionary new approach to surgery might give children better eyesight than is currently possible – a benefit that would have far-reaching implications for children and their families.
For more details on the Aberdeen Ladies’ Lunch and to buy tickets, priced at £40, please contact Maggie Atchison on 01224 310562 or 07801 933102 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To read more about Professor McCaig’s research, please visit https://www.action.org.uk/our-research/cataracts-could-new-approach-surgery-improve-childrens-vision
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4. World Health Organization. Preventing blindness in children. Report of a WHO/IABP scientific meeting. 2000. http://www.who.int/ncd/vision2020_actionplan/documents/WHO_PBL_00.77.pdf Website accessed 28 January 2014.