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
To directly support the well-being of our beneficiaries and their families during this still 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 the 2022/23 period – watch this space!
- We will keep our Muscle Warrior community spirit very much alive, by running an online programme of bespoke virtual initiatives, including our ‘In Conversation With’ broadcasts where guests and personalities share insights and tips in an online show-style interaction with our CEO. These informal 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.
- It is the charity’s intention to deliver a small number of face-to-face Muscle Dream programmes in the 2022/23 period. That said, we plan to continue to deliver a number of virtual programmes through until February 2023 at which point the charity’s Trustee Board will review the virtual engagement strategy going forwards into the new financial year ie. 2023/24.
- Monthly Power Hours will remain through until February 2023, enabling Trustee Board members time to discuss and review the charity’s ongoing 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 desperately 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 virtual Muscle Dream programmes, the charity focuses on building a sense of community, by bringing together children, young people and their families, in joining its Muscle Warrior tribe.
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 – this position will be reviewed at the end of February 2022.
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