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 really stand out.

Today, the charity’s growing impact continues to be felt by beneficiaries and their families across the country – 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 May 2020]

To directly support the well-being of our beneficiaries and their families during this extremely difficult and challenging time, the charity’s priorities have changed:

  • We have 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 2021.
  • We will keep our Muscle Warrior community spirit very much alive and engaged, by running an online programme of interactive event initiatives, including our new ‘In Conversation With’ broadcast initiative where guests and personalities are hosted online by the charity and invited to share insights and tips. These events are free and open to all.
  • Continue to reduce our unique (singular) Muscle Dream nomination wait-list, by organising personalised experiences across the UK, delivered directly to beneficiaries and families in their homes.
  • These positions will be reviewed by the charity’s Trustee Board as part of the new monthly meeting regime, enabling Board members the opportunity to discuss the charity’s ongoing COVID-19 re-purposing strategy
  • Despite being a very small charity < only 1 full-time paid member of staff > with limited resources, we remain resolute and determined to continue with our vital work.
  • COVID-19 has put a lot of pressure on the charity – we need help, support and more resources, which we define as money (funding to directly support our communities needs at this time), skills (especially digital & communication talent) & time (that most precious of all commodities).
  • Thank you for your understanding at this time and we look forward to seeing you online.

 

“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 programme nominations

Through our calendar of 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 Muscle Dream programme experiences

Unique (singular) Muscle Dream experience nominations

As you will see from some of the previous experiences delivered, the charity accepts nominations of all shapes and sizes, including ones that are unique to an individual child or young person. For example, your nomination may say: “My Muscle Dream experience is to meet… or go… or see…”

However, due to popularity, the charity has been completely overwhelmed with these unique Muscle Dream nominations and despite best efforts, due to MHF being a very small charity with only 1 full-time paid member of staff, our wait-list continues to grow month-on-month.

As a direct consequence of COVID-19, the charity cannot guarantee that any new nominations for unique (singular) 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) 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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