Muscle Dreams

These are the charity’s key fulfillment device, in other words, our core purpose. Muscle Dreams are transformational in nature. Since the charity’s inception, we have witnessed the power of shared experiences and how transformational they can be for beneficiaries, families and communities.

The magic in the Muscle Dream formula is that they are always tailored. This highly personalised approach distinguishes MHF from other wish fulfilment and/or experiential charities in the UK – it is our point of difference, enabling our service to not only stand out but also ensuring prescribed outcomes are achieved.

Today, the charity’s growing impact continues to be felt by beneficiaries and their families across the UK – from improved confidence, greater self-esteem, and an increased sense of hopefulness to a powerful shared identity that connects families, giving a platform to share knowledge, memories and establish lasting friendships.

COVID-19 … it’s impact on our charity’s work [updated September 2021]

To directly support the well-being of our beneficiaries and their families during this challenging time, the charity’s priorities changed in April/May 2020 – whilst below is a brief summary of the key points, you can read our CEO’s fully updated COVID-19 statement HERE:

  • We postponed our organised 2020 community-led Muscle Dream programme activities, but to continue to review the situation and keep stakeholders informed as to whether they are likely to be rearranged for 2022.
  • We will keep our Muscle Warrior community spirit very much alive, by running an online programme of bespoke virtual initiatives, including our In Conversation Withbroadcasts where guests and personalities share insights and tips in an online show-style interaction with our CEO. These fire-side chats are free, open to all and streamed live on the charity’s YouTube, Facebook and LinkedIn channels..
  • As a direct result of a BBC Children in Need Award in December 2020, the charity significantly reduced it’s unique (singular) Muscle Dream nomination wait-list, delivering 83 Muscle Dream interventions and moments-in-time for young people.
  • As of September 2021, the charity’s intention is to continue to deliver virtual programmes through until February 2022 at which point the charity’s Trustee Board will review the engagement strategy going forwards into its new financial year ie. 2022/23.
  • Monthly Power Hours will remain through until February 2022, enabling Trustee Board members time to discuss and review the charity’s ongoing COVID-19 re-purposing strategy.
  • Despite being a small charity < only 1 full-time paid member of staff > with extremely limited resources, we remain resolute and determined to continue our vital work.
  • COVID-19 has put immense pressure on the charity – we need help, support and more resources, which we define as money (funding to for example directly support the ongoing delivery of our virtual programmes), skills (digital communications, graphic design, email campaign marketing, data updating, copy-writing) & time (that most precious of all commodities).
  • Thank you for your understanding at this time.

 

“As a paediatrician working within the NHS and with an interest in neuromuscular disability, I come into contact with many people who have various types of muscular dystrophy. Due to the expertise and understanding of those working within The Muscle Help Foundation, I would recommend them beyond any other organisation in delivering amazing experiences to those with muscular dystrophy. They are able to understand both the individual and their families with their needs, which are often complex. They enable an amazing, safe and empowering experience for all involved”

Dr. Rachel Furley BA MB BChir MA MRCPCH

Community Muscle Dream virtual programme nominations

Through our calendar of virtual Muscle Dream experiences and programmes, the charity focuses on building a sense of community, by bringing together children, young people and their families who have a shared passion and interest.

Click HERE to find out more about nominating a child or young person (8-28yrs) with muscular dystrophy for one of our upcoming virtual Muscle Dream programme experiences

Unique (singular) virtual Muscle Dream experience nominations

As you will see from some of the previous virtual experiences delivered, the charity accepts nominations of all shapes and sizes, including ones that are unique to an individual child or young person. As a direct consequence of COVID-19, the charity cannot guarantee that any new nominations for unique (singular) virtual Muscle Dream experiences will be fulfilled. We will however acknowledge new nominations and we will always do our very best to help wherever and whenever we can.

Click HERE to find out more and nominate a child or young person (8-28yrs) with muscular dystrophy for a unique (singular) virtual Muscle Dream experience.

For an insight into the joy and impact of a Muscle Dream experience, why not subscribe to our dedicated YouTube channel HERE where you’ll be able to watch a variety of videos that we hope will not only inspire you to perhaps nominate a loved one, but also get involved, volunteer or fundraise for us – as we say, that’s the #powerof657

– Examples of some fufilled Muscle Dream experiences

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