Action Medical Research, an Official Partner Charity of Charity Today’s #UKCharityWeek campaign, has confirmed the full list of cycling and sports superstars who will be attending the 2018 Champions of Cyclesport dinner.

The annual event – which will be held at Battersea Evolution on 22 November – has raised more than £1.5 million for Action since 2010.

Olympian and 2018 Tour de France stage winner Dan Martin is the latest to confirm his attendance for the third time: “This is a very special event for me. Action is passionate about its cycling, and I feel a particular connection to the work it’s doing to help poorly babies.

Dan Martin chatting with Dermot Murnaghan
Photograph Credit: Pete Glowski at South Bank Photography

“I was born five weeks premature, so the research which Action helps fund into what causes some women to go into labour early is particularly poignant for me.”

Also returning to the gala event on 22 November is Dani Rowe, MBE.  The cycling superstar has won Olympic Gold, 3 World titles and numerous European and British medals including bronze at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Dani says she is always impressed with the variety of challenges available for the charity’s supporters: “Action organises some amazing cycling events across the UK. I think it’s great that anyone can sign up for a personal challenge and know they’re helping a worthy cause at the same time.”

The full line-up includes:

  • Dan Martin
  • Dani Rowe MBE
  • Sir Chris Hoy
  • Amy Williams MBE
  • Rochelle Gilmore
  • Dan Lloyd
  • Martyn Ashton
  • Hannah Walker
  • Sally Gunnell OBE
  • Jon Mould
  • Dean Downing
  • Yanto Barker
  • Matthew Stephens
  • Connor Swift
Sir Chris Hoy pictured at the 2017 Champions Dinner.
Photograph Credit: Phil O’Connor

The Action Medical Research ‘Champions of CycleSport Dinner’ is a major event in the calendar for all cycling enthusiasts. As well as a chance to meet and talk to some of the world’s most elite athletes, there’s also the opportunity to purchase some unique memorabilia and experiences.

Last year’s sold-out event raised £260,000 with some fantastic prizes auctioned off on the night including a Garmin Fenix Watch, an original portrait of Stephen Roche (painted by Paul Oz) and a framed Red Jersey from the Vuelta, signed by the winner Chris Froome.

Tables for the 2018 event for ten people are available in Bronze, Silver or Gold class – the coveted Gold standard has the best view in the house and your very own cycling legend guaranteed at your table.

Action Medical Research is a UK-wide children’s charity which funds desperately needed research to tackle the diseases that devastate the lives of so many of our children. It has been funding medical breakthroughs since it began in 1952 including helping to introduce the first polio vaccines in the UK, developing the use of ultrasound in pregnancy and testing the rubella vaccine.

The charity is currently funding research into areas including premature birth, epilepsy, asthma, scarlet fever, cerebral palsy, brain cancer and some rare and distressing conditions.