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In Memory of Matthew Walden


As many of you know we lost our dear friend and colleague Matt Walden from Amari Plastics in Wednesbury earlier this year, who died as a result of a seizure brought on by Epilepsy.

We have decided that it would be good idea to use our Karting event in September as a starting point to help raise some money for Epilepsy Research UK in Matts honour.

Epilepsy Research UK supports and promotes basic and clinical scientific research into the causes, treatments and prevention of epilepsy.  They are the only national charity in the UK that is exclusively dedicated to funding independent research into this condition.

Epilepsy Research UK supports the work of scientists and clinicians throughout the UK, who are investigating all aspects of epilepsy in both adults and children. They are especially looking at what causes epilepsy, who is at risk of developing it, what goes on in the brain during a seizure, and safer drugs and better surgical techniques to treat it.

Developments in drug therapy and medical scanning, along with major breakthroughs in the study of the human genome, mean that great progress has been made in understanding the causes of epilepsy in recent years. Epilepsy Research UK is proud to be supporting some of the key researchers in the UK, who are pushing forward our knowledge of epilepsy. Even greater advances will be made in the coming years and the research that we fund will be at the forefront of developments to control, and perhaps even cure, epilepsy.

Matt’s family have set up the memorial fund for Matthew you might like to take a quick look and contribute if you are unable to make it to the event.


The event is being held at Grand Prix Karting Birmingham (www.grandprixkarting.co.uk) on Saturday 13th September, we require drivers there by 12:30pm and racing will get underway at approximate 2pm.  All spectators are welcome and there will be food and refreshments served throughout the afternoon.

We will be holding a charity raffle on the day which has been generously supported by our suppliers with contributions from Mactac, 3A, Bayer and Jain.  Grand Prix Karting are also helping us with this project and have supplied us with 3 extra team slots at cost so that we can bring more people to the event and hopefully raise further funds for Epilepsy Research UK.

If your branch has not got a team already entered and you would like to come along to participate and support the event, please email me as soon as possible and I will endeavour to fill the extra places with mixed teams from across the Amari Group.

If you require over-night accommodation for the Saturday night we currently have two hotel deals set up in central Birmingham which I can forward to you on request.

We are also aware that we have lost other dear friends within the Amari family recently and look to using this platform to raise money and awareness for other such important charities at future events.

Please contact us if you would like to be part of this event and help us raise as much money as possible for a very worthy cause.

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