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Famous names including Charlie Simpson from Busted get behind Suffolk Art for Action 2017

PUBLISHED: 10:01 21 April 2017 | UPDATED: 13:58 25 April 2017

Busted's Charlie Simpson is donating art to this year's Art for Action. Picture: IAN WEST/PA WIRE

Busted's Charlie Simpson is donating art to this year's Art for Action. Picture: IAN WEST/PA WIRE

Busted fans will be delighted to hear band member Charlie Simpson has joined a host of big names booked for an event aiming to raise thousands for Suffolk children.

Baby Aiden, whose life was saved thanks to breakthrough research funded by charities including Art for Action. Picture: ART FOR ACTION Baby Aiden, whose life was saved thanks to breakthrough research funded by charities including Art for Action. Picture: ART FOR ACTION

The multi-BRIT award winning singer donated a piece of art to this year’s Art for Action taking place at Tudor Barn in Belstead near Ipswich next month.

Best-selling crime author Peter James and Paralympian Jody Cundy OBE have also created artwork for use at the event – each piece will cost just £30, but guests will not know who it was made by until the end of the evening.

Organisers Action Medical Research, who fund studies into infant medical conditions such as asthma, prematurity, epilepsy, meningitis, cerebral palsy and brain cancer hope this year’s event will be the charity’s most successful so far.

Guests are to be introduced to Suffolk toddler Aiden – who nearly died shortly after he was born – but survived against all odds thanks to a breakthrough therapy.

Fundraising communications officer Peter Denton said: “Baby Aiden suffered from a shortage of oxygen at birth and for the first few hours his parents Keith and Fleur didn’t know whether he had survived.

“He was whisked away to the intensive care unit where the team began to reduce his body temperature to protect him from brain damage, a process known as cooling therapy.

“This breakthrough therapy is the product of a 20-year programme of research to which Action Medical Research contributed.”

Now two-and-a-half, Aiden will be joined by his parents who will talk about his condition and explain how the breakthrough research saved their little boy’s life.

Other artists involved in the event on May 18 include Maggi Hambling, Tory Lawrence, Andrew Lambirth and Keith Salmon.

Art for Action was first hosted in 2015 and collected nearly £11,000 for the charity.

There were 188 artworks on display, many of which were created by celebrity supporters of the charity.

Famous Essex artist Grayson Perry is among a number of high-profile individuals who have contributed to the project in the past.

Tickets for the event are still available, and can be purchased at: www.action.org.uk/art-action

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