Our Patrons

Patrons play a key role in raising awareness for the charity by actively supporting and lending their name to our work.

  • They believe in our charity’s aims, our vision and mission
  • When they can, they make themselves available to support specific projects
  • When opportunities arise, they help to raise awareness

The Muscle Help Foundation is a small charity and by default, it needs all the support it can get. Patrons can make a big difference by helping to amplify cause and encourage support. If you know someone whom you think might make a great Patron, please contact our founder and CEO Michael McGrath – thank you.

Lorraine Kelly, CBE

Television presenter Lorraine Kelly became a long-standing friend of the Muscle Help Foundation charity after meeting founder Michael McGrath in 2005. Lorraine gets involved in a variety of projects and is very passionate about our work and impact. One highlight was her message of support to the charity’s community HERE during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sir Kenneth Branagh, OBE

British actor, director and writer Kenneth Branagh has been associated with the charity since 2003. He has very kindly lent his name and voice to some of the charity’s promotional work. He delivered a heart-felt video endorsement of the charity HERE saying ‘this is a small charity with a very very big heart’, ending the clip by inviting potential donors to ‘please, give generously, thank you’.

Miriam Margolyes, OBE

British-Australian actress, writer, political activist and TV personality. An award-winning actress who has achieved success on both sides of the Atlantic, Miriam decided in February 2023 to generously lend her name and support in helping raise awareness of the charity’s work – click HERE to read more.

Our Friends

Friends that have supported our work include:

Harry Hill, English Comedian, TV Presenter & Writer

June 2023 saw Harry meet Michael, our charity’s CEO, in leafy Surrey. They were brought together by one of the charity’s long-standing and supportive Muscle Warrior families. Pursuing a career in stand-up following years working as a medical doctor, Harry’s off-beat, energetic performance style, fusing elements of surrealism, observational comedy, slapstick, satire and music continue to entertain. Browline glasses, white dress shirt and distinctive oversized collar and cuffs are his trademark look. Harry will be helping MHF raise awareness of its continued work and impact, plus lending his name and support to the charity’s national cooking campaign which pays homage to the humble meatball.

Tom Solesbury, Double Olympian & World Medallist

A world-class rower who competed in the men’s quadruple sculls in the London 2012 Olympics, Tom’s initial motivation came from meeting one of the charity’s inspirational beneficiaries (a young lady with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, type 2) at its 2013 London Charity Fundraiser at the RAC (Pall Mall) – read more OLYMPIC ROWER TOM SOLESBURY ANNOUNCED AS NEW AMBASSADOR. Tom continues to support the charity, helping to raise awareness of its work and impact. An experienced sports lawyer, Tom sits on the General Counsel at UK Athletics.


Jon Snow, TV Presenter & English Journalist

The Oxford Brookes University joint connection between Jon Snow and our charity’s CEO Michael McGrath (Alumnus 1988) came together at Chelsea Football Club at an event called ‘Partnerships for the Future’ in Oct 2003 where the two first met. Jon provided an Jon Snow endorsement of Michael’s pole2pole expedition and continues to support the charity. English journalist and TV presenter, Jon is best known as the longest-running presenter of Channel 4 News, announcing his retirement from the role in December 2021.


Sir Richard Branson, Entrepreneur & Virgin Group founder

Sir Richard Branson has generously supported the charity in a number of ways, not least with Virgin Atlantic being a sponsor of the pole2pole project. He also provided a video ‘Muscle Dreams endorsed by Sir Richard Branson‘ in which he says: “I’ve been lucky enough to spend a lot of my life challenging myself and living my own dreams. But with your support, the Muscle Help Foundation can help those with muscular dystrophy live their own incredible, unforgettable Muscle Dreams”


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