For third year, family charity picks up ‘Social Enterprise of the Year’ at county’s prestigious 2016 Inspiring Hertfordshire Awards Ceremony

Posted on May 31st, 2016

herts-awards-2016For the third year, the Muscle Help Foundation (MHF) picked up the ‘Social Enterprise of the Year’ Award at the county’s prestigious 2016 Inspiring Hertfordshire Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony. Michael McGrath, CEO of the multi-award winning Hertfordshire-based family charity was thrilled to once again pick up the Award at a glittering black tie gala dinner attended by over 400 guests representing business leaders from across Hertfordshire.

Pictured below: the charity’s trademark celebratory Muscle Warrior salute is a visible symbol of hope, courage, strength and unity for those with Muscular Dystrophy across the UK.

Left to right: Dawn-Louise Kerr (sm2communicate), Sonali Kumarakulasinghe (MHF Adviser), Sue McGrath (MHF Trustee), Michael McGrath (MHF CEO & Founder), Lydia Drukarz (Wavelength PR) and Ryan Tym (Lantern).


The Awards took place at the state-of-the-art Porsche Centre Hatfield, one of the headline sponsors that also included Imagination, Grace Foods and headline media partner Hertfordshire Mercury. Patrons of the Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce include Ashbourne Insurance, PwC, Affinity Water and Pitney Bowes. Click HERE to read a full list of this year’s Inspiring Herts Award winners.

Launched by Herts Chamber in 2012, the response this year was phenomenal. Now in its 5th year, Inspiring Hertfordshire 2016 was even bigger. Enabling Hertfordshire businesses to showcase their performance and achievements to clients and customers, suppliers, business alliances and wider partners, the event celebrates the expertise, achievements and outstanding contribution that businesses and individuals make in the county.

MHF delivers life changing, highly personalised experiences in the UK called Muscle Dreams for children and young people with Muscular Dystrophy (MD) and allied neuromuscular conditions. Diagnosed with MD at 18yrs, McGrath is the first disabled person to have successfully led expeditions to both the North and South Poles.

Michael McGrath, CEO of MHF said:

“Winning the 2016 Inspiring Hertfordshire ‘Social Enterprise of the Year’ Award for a third time is truly humbling. Thank you to Award category sponsor Stevenage Leisure Ltd, the Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce and the judges for recognising our efforts. I’m thrilled that the charity’s work has once again been acknowledged in this way.

Whilst it means a great deal to win this Award, the charity desperately needs more support – this means that if you’re a business and you would like to get involved by for example adopting MHF as your Charity Partner, we would love to hear from you.

We’re also looking to grow our Trustee Board in 2017, we’re looking for Muscle Warrior fundraisers, a volunteer bid-writer to help with a few ‘local’ Trust submissions and we’re always on the lookout for savvy volunteer digital champions who can buddy-up and work on a number of tactical social projects under the direction of our appointed social media marketing partner and in the process boost their CV, acquire knowledge and meet new people.

MHF is aiming to deliver 657 Muscle Dreams, that’s one for every muscle in the human body. This Award is a great platform in helping to raise more awareness of our work; it’s testament to the outstanding support and commitment of so many people, especially our Muscle Dream Team who work so hard behind the scenes – we simply couldn’t do what we do without their support.”

Headline Media Partner:


“Best of business celebrated at Inspiring Hertfordshire Awards 2016”

Hertfordshire Mercury, Posted: May 20, 2016

By Paddy Dinham

Innovators, motivators and the best of the county’s businesses were championed at a swanky awards ceremony. The Inspiring Hertfordshire Awards returned to Hatfield’s Porsche Centre, to mark its fifth anniversary, with organisers Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce hailing it as the best year yet. Click HERE to read the full article.

MHF is a multi-award winning, niche family charity delivering life-changing, highly personalised experiences, known as ‘Muscle Dreams’, for children and young people in the UK with Muscular Dystrophy (MD) and allied neuromuscular conditions.

The charity has one singular aim to deliver 657 Muscle Dreams, that’s one life-changing experience for each muscle in the human body. To date, 211 have been fulfilled for some incredibly deserving young people.

If you would like to help fundraise for our charity, explore the benefits of partnership collaboration or get involved in our work, please contact us.



Social Enterprise of the Year – Award Sponsor
SLL (Stevenage Leisure Ltd)
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hers-chamber-commerce-logo Awards Ceremony – organised & managed by
Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce
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Lydia Drukarz, Director
Wavelength Public Relations
M. 07977 454180
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