Action Medical Research

Action Medical Research

At a glance


  • Children / families
  • Health and well being / research and care
  • Learning disabilities / difficulties
  • Physical disabilities

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Geographical remit: 
National - Britain


At Action we save and change children’s lives through medical reasearch.

We believe that the diseases that devastate the lives of so many of our children can be beaten. We have been funding medical breakthroughs since we began in 1952 like the first polio vaccines in the UK, ultrasound in pregnancy and the rubella vaccine – helping to save thousands of children’s lives and change many more.

Surprisingly medical research to help children is poorly funded in the UK. Action Medical Research has a critical job to do in helping fill this gap to protect children. The prospects for finding new cures and treatments are almost within our grasp. We have vital research ready to go – we simply can’t fund it all.

With your help we’re determined to change this and make a real difference for children.


We want to make a difference in:

  • tackling premature birth and treating sick and vulnerable babies
  • helping children affected by disability, disabling conditions and infections
  • targeting rare diseases that together severely affect many forgotten children.

We do this by:

  • finding and funding cutting-edge medical research across the UK most likely to deliver real benefit to babies, children and young people
  • assessing the impact of the research we fund and sharing the results
  • raising funds to make this vital research possible.

We are a UK-wide charity funding vital research to help sick and disabled babies and children. We have been funding medical breakthroughs since we began over 60 years ago and have helped to beat polio in the UK, fight meningitis, prevent stillbirths and develop ultrasound scanning in pregnancy.

But although there’s been lots of progress in medicine today there are hundreds of thousands of sick and disabled babies and children in the UK who need our help.

Like Emily born six weeks early as a result of her mum developing pre-eclampsia, Joey who at five was diagnosed with brain cancer and Noah who age three stopped talking and understanding speech and was diagnosed with the rare brain condition Landau Kleffner syndrome.  We’re on a mission to save and change the lives of children like these through medical research, developing treatments, vaccinations and cures.

Children depend on Action Medical Research. We depend on skillful volunteers like you, so please make contact to chat through how you might help us take the next small step toward the next big breakthrough.

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