The charity was first known as ‘pole2pole’ before being later renamed The Muscular Help Foundation and then finally The Muscle Help Foundation. The Founders are Michael McGrath and Miles Peckham. Click here to learn more about our team and our current Trustee Board.
The charity delivers transformational experiences in the UK called Muscle Dreams for children and young people with the muscle wasting disease, Muscular Dystrophy (MD) and allied neuromuscular conditions.
Today, MHF is a small, multi-award winning charity with national reach. It has a singular focus to deliver 657 Muscle Dreams, that’s one life-changing experience for every muscle in the human body. Anchored at the heart of the charity is a unique initiative designed to allow anyone to quickly grasp, support and champion our work – learn more about the #powerof657 and how you can get involved.
As of November 2017, the charity has delivered 264 Muscle Dream experiences – it’s impact is being felt across the UK by beneficiaries, families, their friends and the wider community including schools. In addition, MHF has over several years established friendships and partnerships with other muscular dystrophy charities across the UK such as Spinal Muscular Atrophy Support UK, the Eileen McCallum Trust, DMD Pathfinders, Duchenne Family Support Group (DFSG) and Muscular Dystrophy UK as well as relationships with many UK hospices including: Acorn’s Children’s Hospice, Hope House Hospice, Chestnut Tree House Hospice, The J’s Hospice, Keech Hospice, Naomi House & Jack’s Place Hospice, Shooting Star Chase Hospice and Ty Hafan Hospice to name but a few.
MHF is an active member of Together for Short Lives, a leading UK charity for children with life-threatening & life-limiting conditions. It is also a member of the Fundraising Regulator, Stewardship, the Disabled Children’s Partnership (DCP) and CharityComms.