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Cycling’s biggest names are helping Horsham-based charity raise £245,000 in prestigious event

Cycling’s biggest names are helping Horsham-based charity raise £245,000 in prestigious event

Horsham-based children’s charity Action Medical Research has raised £245,000 to help save and change children’s lives at the annual Champions of CycleSport Dinner, with the help of some of the biggest names in cycling.

The star-studded event at London Evolution on Thursday, November 24 saw notable fans including Alex Dowsett, Gee Atherton and Nico Roche take to the red carpet alongside rising stars like Josh Tarling, Pfeiffer Georgi and Noah Hobbs.

Also showing their support for Action Medical Research are Danny Rowe MBE, Rochelle Gilmour, seven-time Paralympic medalist Hannah Walker, Judy Conde CBE and John Mould, along with Ross and Dean Downing, Joanna Russell MBE, Ben Swift and Ianto Parker.

Legends Sean Kelly and Sean Yates were on the guest list while regular hosts Matt Stevens and Rebecca Charlton helped lead the proceedings.

Action Medical Research Sports Champions Dinner (Photo by Claire Jonas)

The Champions of CycleSport dinner was supported by Garmin, which offers innovative GPS technology, accounting and business consulting firm BDO, and non-alcoholic beer brand Lucky Saint.

Recently retired professional road racing cyclist Alex Dowsett was diagnosed with the rare disease hemophilia as a young child and is the only elite athlete capable of having the condition.

“Hemophilia treatment has advanced a lot over the past 30 years, thanks in part to the work of charities such as Action Medical Research, which means the future is very bright for people with hemophilia, including my daughter who has the disease.

“They are currently seeking to develop treatments and cures for a number of rare diseases that may affect a very small number of people, but when you look at them collectively, it’s an opportunity to make a huge impact.”

Alex Dowsett and Josh Tarling (pic by Claire Jonas)

Downhill mountain bike champion J Atherton has urged people to support the charity Duncan Guthrie founded 70 years ago to try to find a cure for polio.

A decade later, the first polio vaccines were introduced in the UK and Action Medical Research has gone on to fund some of the most important medical achievements in modern history, helping to save thousands of children’s lives and changing many more.

Speaker Sophie Lennox has spoken movingly about her battle with epilepsy since the age of 10, sometimes suffering up to 20 seizures a day. At the age of 15, she underwent pioneering brain surgery led by surgeon Richard Selway, and is part of a team at King’s College led by Dr. Antonio Valentine working on groundbreaking research funded by Action Medical Research.

She said: “If you were going to tell me all that time that simple things like taking a shower or crossing the road wouldn’t pose a threat to life anymore, I would have thought I would have won the lottery.

Ewan Thomas and Ben Foster (Photo by Claire Jonas)

“In 2015, my life was probably saved, at least given back to me, through work funded by Action Medical Research.”

Items in the live auction on the night helped increase the total, including an autographed yellow Tour de France jersey by Tadej Pogačar, a ride in Mallorca with Sean Kelly, a handcrafted Passoni Titanio Classica Disco and FZED’s driver training program in New Zealand.

AMR has been funding medical breakthroughs since 1952. It is now driving pediatric research forward in the fight against COVID-19 as well as funding research into conditions including asthma, prematurity, meningitis, cerebral palsy, brain cancer, and some rare and disturbing conditions.

Sophie Lennox (Photo by Claire Jonas)
CycleSport’s Annual Champions Dinner (Photo by Claire Jonas)
Josh Tarling, Sean Kelly, and Ben Swift (Photo by Claire Jonas)


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