Powering Research To Save Little Lives

Action Medical Research is the leading UK charity funding vital research to help defeat the diseases that devastate the lives of sick and disabled babies, children and young people.

At Action we save and change children’s lives through medical research. We believe that the diseases that devastate the lives of so many of our children can be beaten. Surprisingly medical research to help children is poorly funded in the UK.

Over 1,000 babies die each year in the UK due to premature birth. Globally, it’s the biggest killer of children under 5.

It’s too many. Far too many. Action Medical Research is committed to fighting for children’s lives. We fight for answers that can lead to medical breakthroughs for some of the toughest fights our children face.

We know through medical research we can stop the devastation caused by premature birth.

That’s why we’ve launched our campaign which is fighting for babies born too soon to shine a spotlight on the impact premature birth has on babies and their families and to help fund more research that can save lives.

Together we will find the answers.

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Elijah was born prematurely at 25 weeks weighing just 1lb 13oz. He sadly developed necrotising enterocolitis (NEC), a devastating bowel disorder that mainly strikes premature babies.

Elijah tragically died at just 37 days old. Before he died Elijah was part of a study funded by Action Medical Research trying to find a way to identify NEC in premature babies, so that it may be detected before it becomes life threatening.

Jenny, Elijah’s mum explained why they took part in the research “Elijah led a very traumatic little life. He died sleeping on my chest in the small hours – that’s when I joined the fight to stop premature birth.”

This film features the Halse family who share their story about their son Elijah, who was born too soon and led a very short life. It is a moving film so please be prepared. It is a poignant reminder to us all of the importance of research Action Medical Research is supporting to help stop premature birth and help save the lives of babies like Elijah.


Put simply, without your support we cannot make this dream a reality. Our objective is to involve sponsors and contribute £200,000 to Action Medical Research.

Since beginning in 1952, Action Medical Research has been funding medical breakthroughs to help save and change the lives of babies and children.

Surprisingly, medical research tackling childhood diseases 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 is almost within our grasp. Right now we are funding vital research projects with many more ready to go – but we simply can’t fund them all.