"Action Research for Crippling Diseases of Childhood"
www.action.org.uk )was founded as a
charity in 1952 , to fund research into the prevention or treatment of
crippling and life threatening disorders. A local committee started in
Maybole in 1964 and last Saturday the present committee of the charity,
which has now been renamed "Action Medical Research", held its annual
fundraising event in Maybole Town Hall. This took the form of a lunch and
was well attended. The committee also launched a new booklet of pudding
recipes, "Paddington's Puddings", named after the charity's mascot
Paddington Bear. Dr Elizabeth Haggarty, a founder member of the Maybole
committee said, "These delicious, mouth-watering recipes are personal and
loved recipes of the members of the 2003 Maybole and Girvan Action Medical
Research Committee." She urged as many people as possible to buy a copy
which costs £3 or two for £5, saying, "Please buy a copy. Eat and enjoy
every one of these delicious recipes, knowing that the money you spend
will be used to fund research into treating the formerly untreatable.
Congratulations to the Committee members for all their work in producing
this wonderful book."
Dr Haggarty also said that the Maybole branch was one of the first in
Ayrshire. "It has always had a very dedicated committee," he pointed out,
"and has received very generous support from the public in fund-raising
for its vital work." The first life-saving projects funded by the charity
were for children and included the immunisation of young women against
rubella to prevent babies being born with major heart defects; the giving
of folic acid in pregnancy to prevent spina bifida and immunisation
against poliomyelitis. Since then many vital research projects have been
funded to benefit all age groups including hip replacement surgery and
ultra-sound scanning. In 2003 Action Medical Research is funding 17 new
research projects with a financial commitment of more than £1,250,000. In
October 1966 the Maybole committee held a fund raising dance in the Town
Hall and the popular dance bands of Mr Alex McKay (Butcher) and Mr Jack
Cook provided the music.
Haggarty provided a photograph of the then committee attending what she
described as "a very happy and successful evening". There is only one name
missing - can any of our readers remember who they all were?
Back Row-from left: Lady David Chrichton Stewart, Mr Crawford Hyslop
(Manager R.B.S.), Dr Elizabeth Haggarty, Mr Peter Gatherer (Manager
Commercial Bank), Mrs Catherine Hyslop, Mrs Irene Gatherer, ????????
Front row from left: Mrs Angela Pilkington (Ladyburn), Mrs Rita Brown
Carrick Hotel), Mrs Audrey Grant (Drumellan) President, Mrs Nora Smith
(North Mains of Abbey) ( From the Ayrshire Post Sept 19th 2003)