Shoppers dig deep for fund

The Action Medical Research collection tin

The Action Medical Research collection tin

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Shoppers at the Horsham branch of John Lewis have helped to raise £1,227 for Action Medical Research through its Community Matters scheme.

The children’s charity, which has its main offices in North Parade, Horsham, was among the beneficiaries of the store’s charitable giving programme in July; it also benefitted from a token collection at Waitrose in April which raised a further £405.

Action Medical Research has spent more than £115million since it was founded in 1952, helping support some amazing medical breakthroughs that have helped save thousands of children’s lives and changed many more.

Some of the work it previously supported is now commonplace in medical care, such as the vaccines for polio and rubella, the use of ultrasound scanning in pregnancy and the importance of taking folic acid before and during pregnancy to prevent spina bifida.

It is currently supporting research into meningitis, Down syndrome, epilepsy and premature birth, as well as some rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.

Paula Ray, Action Medical Research’s community fundraising manager for London and the south-east, said the fundraising was greatly appreciated.

“We’re grateful to all the staff and customers at John Lewis in Horsham who helped to raise this money which will help save and change the lives of sick babies and children,” she said.

For further information on how to support Action Medical Research please visit the website at action.org.uk