Having a Will means your wishes will be carried out as you would want when the time comes. Without a Will, you will be unable to decide what happens to your property and possessions.
We know that there is nothing more important than our loved ones, so they should always be your priority when thinking about your Will.
Writing a Will is a very personal matter and is a big decision, so we would always encourage everyone to discuss it with your family. The most important thing is that your Will represents your own personal wishes.
Some people choose to remember a charity in their Will and in doing so, it can help charities like ours carry on our vital work. It is a great way to leave a lasting legacy.
Gifts in Wills left to The Muscle Help Foundation charity help us continue to deliver our life-changing, highly personalised, experience-fulfilment activities for our beneficiaries living with Muscular Dystrophy. If you do consider leaving a gift to us, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
People with Muscular Dystrophy are commonly afflicted with psychological disorders like depression, and anxiety, which likely exacerbates disease progression and worsens their quality of life. The National Centre for Biotechnology Information NCBI also highlights that parents of children with for example Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) are more likely to go through a major depression and to have low self-esteem in comparison with the national average.
To help combat some of these physical and emotional impacts on individuals and their families living with Muscular Dystrophy, The Muscle Help Foundation charity delivers a unique experience-fulfilment model, tirelessly supporting the cherished dreams and aspirations of children and young people (8-28yrs), helping make their dreams that may have always felt out of reach, a reality; be that driving around a racetrack in a Porsche 9-11 sports car, taking the controls and experiencing level flight, meeting a movie icon or sporting hero such as Lewis Hamilton, or learning a new skill.
We label these transformational experiences Muscle Dreams – they are the charity’s core and tangible fulfilment device delivering both immediate and long-term positive impacts to the beneficiary and their family.
A study by the University of Hertfordshire into the work of the Muscle Help Foundation charity specifically, found that increased confidence (70%), self-esteem (76%), starting new interests/hobbies (66%), feeling empowered to achieve life goals (73%) and developing new skills (61%) were the key impacts wish fulfilment experiences can provide to children and young adults living with life limiting conditions such as Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). This is the only known research in existence to robustly investigate and validate the transformational impacts that highly personalised dream fulfilment experiences can have.
A 2021 report in the Journal of Child Health Care, indicates that such experiences improve physical and mental health, quality of life, social wellbeing, resilience and coping for children, parents and siblings.
Experience-fulfilment interventions can empower young people and their families. They can give young people a real sense of normality, they can generate positive emotions and they can create a sense of real hope for the future, in addition to providing validation for the young person’s illness. Such interactions and activities can improve health-related quality of life and psychological wellbeing and can potentially have an enduring positive impact far beyond the immediate experience itself (Shoshani, et al., 2015; University of Sterling, 2015).
Quite simply, your wonderful gift will ensure that the Muscle Help Foundation charity can continue to deliver its vital work in supporting those vulnerable children, young people and their families across the UK living with Muscular Dystrophy. A gift in your Will is a unique donation, which will have an impact long into the future. We welcome gifts of any size, so if you are thinking of leaving one in your Will to The Muscle Help Foundation charity, thank you in advance from the bottom of our hearts.
As yet there is no cure for Muscular Dystrophy. There are however a variety of treatments depending on the type and severity of Muscular Dystrophy. These include physiotherapy and exercises, physical aids to help people stay mobile, pacemakers, and steroid medication, as well as corrective surgery to ease some of the physical effects, such as postural positioning, scoliosis, difficulty swallowing, and drooping eyelids. Muscular Dystrophy is deteriorative and unforgiving, robbing sufferers of their mobility, their independence and finally for those with the most severe form, their lives.
A gift in your Will can help us combat some of the feelings of helplessness, isolation, depression and anxiety associated with living with a rare disease like Muscular Dystrophy. Through our wish-fulfilment programme, we make cherished dreams that might otherwise have felt out of reach, a reality.
If your friend or loved one has left The Muscle Help Foundation charity a gift in their Will, we’re here to help. Get in touch with us today and we’ll help support the process.
Download our Legacy Pack HERE for more details.
If you have any questions about leaving a gift in your Will to The Muscle Help Foundation charity, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the charity’s CEO Michael McGrath.