First of its kind corporate partnership between MHF charity and Ares Management Corporation announced

Posted on January 26th, 2023

The Muscle Help Foundation (MHF) charity is delighted to announce an exciting corporate partnership with Ares Management Corporation, and it’s a first for a UK charity!

Ares Management Corporation is an American global alternative investment manager operating in the credit, private equity and real estate markets. Ares has provided funding to the charity to support its vital work in delivering transformational wish-fulfilment interventions to children and young adults living with Muscular Dystrophy.


The company supports charitable causes that work hard to address systemic challenges through transformative giving intended to improve individuals’ quality of life. This charitable work is made possible through the generosity of individuals and Ares Management Corporation, which donates a portion of profits from select funds to its own Foundation to align the firm’s investment activities with its societal impact.

MHF’s CEO and founder Michael McGrath said:

On behalf of the Muscle Help Foundation we are delighted to have been selected as the first charity in the UK to partner with Ares Management Corporation. Through this very special collaboration, Ares has supported us with a generous donation of $25,000 as well as directly supporting MHF’s ongoing work, specifically in contributing towards the charity’s mission of delivering 657 Muscle Dream interventions in the UK for children and young people with Muscular Dystrophy.

It’s my hope that MHF will deliver its purpose at what is an uncertain and challenging time for many, not least our vulnerable community. I am looking forward to not only working closely with Ares in amplifying the mission, but also seeing the positive and potentially game-changing impact that can come from corporate relationships where there is an alignment of values and where common goals exist to do good. As we say, that’s the #powerof657!

Muscle Dreams are once in a lifetime interventions, moments-in-time or experiences delivered in the UK for children and young people (8-28yrs) living with Muscular Dystrophy. Over the years, experiences have included beneficiaries taking the controls of an aircraft and experiencing the freedom of level flight, enjoying the thrill of a passenger ride in a high-performance racing car like a Porsche 911 Turbo S, learning a new skill to interviewing a movie icon or meeting a sporting hero – click here to see some of the charity’s videos on our YouTube channel. The number 657 is significant because it represents one life-changing experience or a moment in time, be it in-person or virtual, for every muscle in the human body and the charity is determined to deliver on this 657 mission.

It has never been more important for the MHF charity to deliver its work and activities at what is an uncertain and challenging time for many – the ongoing impact as a direct result of the cost of living crisis is yet another adversity that MHF’s vulnerable community must face.


If you or your organisation is interested in talking to us about corporate partnerships or have any recommendations of organisations looking to make a difference for a worthy cause, please either get in touch here or email < ceo(@)musclehelp(dot)com > and let’s have a conversation.


MHF organises and facilitates highly personalised events, experiences, and activities, which they refer to as Muscle Dreams, for children and young people with Muscular Dystrophy or related muscle-wasting conditions and their families.

The charity’s vulnerable community remain at the forefront of its work – the impact of the global pandemic was significant, not least on their mental wellbeing. Now with the escalating costs of food and energy, our beneficiaries and their families are having to dig even deeper in finding ways to keep warm, nourished and well. Now more than ever, MHF’s work is needed – this is evidenced by the increasing number of nominations but also requests from outside the UK for help and support.


Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) is the most severe form of Muscular Dystrophy (MD) – it is life-limiting affecting approximately 1 in 3,500 new-born boys. The vast majority (some 96%) of MHF’s beneficiaries are boys and young adults with DMD. On average, those aged 10-13yrs will transition into a manual wheelchair. By the time they reach 17-19yrs, breathing, cardio and diminishing arm movements are increasingly prevalent.


Thanks to MHF’s friends at Muscular Dystrophy UK, new research reveals that approximately 110,000 people (babies, children and adults) in the UK live with muscle-wasting conditions. Muscular Dystrophy is a progressive condition that gets worse over time. It is the single biggest genetic killer of children in the world today. It robs sufferers of their mobility, their independence and finally for those with the most severe type (Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy or DMD), their lives. Although there is some excellent research going on around the world, there is still currently no known treatment.


Over the past 12-months, MHF’s tailored approach in operationalising bespoke virtual ‘person-centred’ Muscle Dream programmes continued to deliver positive outcomes for beneficiaries and families. The ‘lived experience’ of the charity’s CEO (Michael McGrath) who has Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD2A) and who is the driving force of the organisations work, provides both a unique, valuable and trusting influence on those for whom MHF exists to serve.


MHF is running a national campaign called The Power of 657 and its mission is simple – to deliver 657 transformational interventions for children, young people and their families with Muscular Dystrophy in the UK, that’s one life-changing experience for every muscle in the human body. We would like you to think about the number 657 – the charity is on the lookout for links to the number 657 and as such, we are keen to establish mutually beneficial collaborations ideally around 657. So, get in touch if you know of any connections in your world or in your work, the more unusual, the better!

For the charity’s beneficiaries, every Muscle Dream experience is an opportunity to not only realise their potential but also become a Muscle Warrior and by default, join the charity’s tribal community. For their family and friends, each one opens up a support network of like-minded individuals.

By mid-Feb 2023, it is anticipated that the charity will have fulfilled 462 Muscle Dreams, leaving 195 to go in reaching the overall target of 657.


Uplifting, joyful and often cathartic in nature, MHF’s academically validated work and impact is rooted in the idea that well executed, shared experiences can be powerfully transformative in nature.


2023 sees the charity reach a milestone, its 20th Anniversary – since 2003, it has touched the lives of 1000’s of people across the UK living with Muscular Dystrophy, from families and local communities to schools and businesses; today, its impact and reach continues to grow.

To push on with its 657 mission, the charity is not only looking to establish new partnerships and collaborations but like many small charities, it desperately needs support in order to continue its important work – if you can help, please donate £20.00 or whatever you can give by clicking HERE – thank you.

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