Hear it straight from the children and young people who have experienced a Muscle Dream and what it means to them. Read what our amazing Muscle Warrior volunteers have to say about their experiences in supporting our award-winning family charity.
“I can’t stop smiling! The best day in my whole life; if I could make a moment last forever, this would be the one that I choose” – Ben, 23yrs, from Norwich
“It was fantastic. To be able to see the Olympic stadium for myself was truly magical. It was a truly rewarding experience” – Jonathan, 26yrs, from Hampshire
“My dad and I had the absolute best day ever and I had a birthday that I will never forget. Many many thanks to you all for such an unforgettable day :)” – Josh, 13yrs, from Suffolk
“I gained more confidence and inspiration from seeing the Paralympics and making new friends. I shall never forget this experience, thank you to you and your team” – James, 14yrs, from Dorset
“MHF go above and beyond anyone else. We didn’t just get a Muscle Dream, we made new friends” – Rob, Dad of Freddie, aged 15yrs, from Cornwall
“Legs that worked was so much fun, I’d spin, hop and run, Jumping, skipping, rolling around,
Laughing hard I’d fall to the ground, That’s now a dream, laying in bed, Happy days spinning round my head,
Remembering as things used to be, Before being taken away by D.M.D.
“Life’s different in my wheelchair, I’m angry, sad, life’s so unfair.
On the sidelines, that’s how it feels, No-one plays with me in my wheels.
I long to feel, happy and free, Soaring like a bird, over the sea, Skimming waves, bouncing around,
Jumping up and down.”
“Laughing loud, sea splashing my face, I’m winning a race!
Sun kissed, happy, I’ll feel the breeze, Rustling my hair, tickling my knees!
Ending the day, snuggled in bed, Magical feelings racing round my head,
I’ll remember what ‘WetWheels’ gave to me, Mason Fernley, as he was meant to be……
Aged 11, happy, free”
Reproduced with kind permission from the Fernley family; Aug 2013 WetWheels Muscle Dream Programme – nomination poem written by beneficiary Mason Fernley, 11yrs, Oxfordshire
“Thank you for sending me the fantastic photos of my time with Ray Mears. The photos brought back the reality of the Muscle Dream and how amazing it all was. I can only thank you and your team for making everything so very special” – Sam, 15yrs, from Surrey
“I am extremely honoured that I met you all and was given the opportunity to experience a part of this extraordinary history. I will never forget the amazing time I had and I am forever grateful for your kindness. I think your charity is fantastic … and I absolutely love branding, especially the ‘Muscle Warriors’ ethos!” – Sulaiman, 27yrs, from London
“It’s Alex Tait from Porsche Class of 2013: I thought you would be interested to know that thanks to the Muscle Dream and your determination to do anything, this has inspired me to follow my own dreams and gain my ARDS racing licence with a view to competing in a few rounds of the junior touring car championship. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you once again for making me realise how much I want to follow my dreams and also giving me the determination to do this” – Alex, 14yrs, from Sheffield
“I am very fortunate that I had the chance to experience this wonderful opportunity to see Diversity live! The whole experience was incredible. You are an inspiration to me and many more. I love what you are doing. I liked how you made us feel so special and important” – Sanah, 16yrs, Wolverhampton
“We had such a fantastic awesome day. All the volunteers that helped at the party and on the day were real stars. But the biggest THANK YOU must go to Michael McGrath that made it all possible in the 1st place” – Cathy, Mum to Shaun, 15yrs, from West Sussex
“Thank you for a wonderful experience. From start to finish everything was perfect, the hotel, volunteers, everything and everybody. Big thank you to everyone” – Lisa, Mum to Cameron, 11yrs, from Neath, Wales
“Thanks again for all your hard work both prior to and on the day he had a fantastic time you and your fellow Muscle Warriors provided my son with a wonderful experience that he will remember for his lifetime” – Paul, Dad to Joseph, 15yrs, from Shropshire
“A massive thank you to you, your family and everyone who works for your charity for our amazing weekend with you all. It was truly amazing as are you!” – Nicky, Mum to Becca, 13yrs, from West Sussex
“I cannot thank you enough for the opportunity you gave us both this summer in a once-in-a-lifetime experience at the Paralympics. Enclosed a little souvenir booklet I put together for Nathan and our family so we can all treasure the memories; thank you again” – Rick, Dad to Nathan, 9yrs, North Yorkshire
“It was an amazing two days which Sam will never ever forget. He has been telling everyone at school that he met Ray and he took the photo’s with him. Please pass on my thanks to the rest of the team for making it all happen. We will be seeing his friends at powerchair football practise today so will pass on the details re the Games Inspired Muscle Dream’ Programme. I have already nominated him!” – Penny, Mum to Sam, 15yrs, from Oxfordshire
“You have given me hope that good things do happen. Your call came when I was at a low point. You have restored my faith in people” – Julie, Mum to Daniel, 15yrs, from Lincoln
“I just needed to say how much I appreciate all the effort that went into making it such a fantastic day for all the boys, and their parents. We would also like to say thank you for the unexpected but entirely superb ‘goody bag’ that we found in our room at bedtime!” – Sue, Mum of Matt, 15yrs, from West Sussex
“We have just come back down to earth after our fantastic weekend!!! Our love and best wishes to Pam and Josh Webster for their kindness and contribution to Josh’s Muscle Dream. Thank you Sue for making me laugh so much and Michael for making it so special for Josh” – Jenny & Mark, Mum & Dad to Josh, 17yrs, from Surrey
“Muscular dystrophy is a horrible disease and Michael having muscular dystrophy really understands what we are going through as families and what our sons and daughters are going through as children. Michael’s charity is just exceptional” – Phil, Dad to Jack, 18yrs, from Hertfordshire
“The Muscle Help Foundation does such incredible work. They organise experiences that are life-changing, experiences that if it were not for this small family charity, they may never have had otherwise. Brilliant” – Joanna Lawlor, AstraZeneca
“It was an absolute privilege to be part of this; to work in a group of friendly, dedicated and selfless volunteers, and a small charity which delivers ambitious, contemporary and above all else person-centred Muscle Dreams which makes positive life changes for young people” – Jon Heyes
“It’s not everyday you can say that you’ve changed lives. The way this charity adds its ‘personal touches’ to every Muscle Dream it delivers makes it truly unique and holds a special place in the hearts and minds of its recipients and volunteers alike. Together we are not just stronger together, we are unbreakable” – Steve Stone
“I felt honoured that you allowed me to help and take part in what was an extremely rewarding day. It was heart-warming to see the children enjoy themselves so much. I think it was clear for all to see the positivity that emanated from the whole experience and the underlying message of hope. Michael, you and your team are an inspiration to us all. I am taken aback by what you do and how you do it, it’s awe-inspiring” – Josh Drukarz
“Joining the Muscle Warriors was a privilege, meeting the families made me realise how positive and forward thinking the Muscle Help Foundation is; the whole experience was incredible and one I will remember for years to come” – Fay Sharpe
“I wanted to write to you to express my thanks for giving me the most incredible opportunities over the last few months. Not only this, you spent a huge amount of time in your already very busy schedule helping me with conquering some of my own issues and I will never forget this kindness. I feel enormously privileged to be part of your amazing charity and having spent so much time with other volunteers and families, I now feel part of the Muscle Warriors tribe!” – Will Ferguson
“Being involved with the charity’s flagship ‘Games Inspired Muscle Dreams’ programme at the 2012 London Paralympics was inspiring and a real privilege. The tireless work of Michael McGrath and his team has to be admired. I thoroughly enjoyed engaging with all the families and my fellow volunteers. Memories which I will never forget” – Jon Nock
“From what I’ve heard about the work of your charity, you simply must keep going” – Sir Richard Attenborough
“The idea of Muscle Dreams is compelling – it’s exactly what these young people with muscular dystrophy want” – Grant Cornwell MBE, CEO Tottenham Hotspur Foundation