Thursday 13 October 2011
Muscular Dystrophy Campaign wins Campaigning Team of the Year
The impact and effectiveness of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign was recognised with the national 'Campaigning Team of the Year' award at last night's Charity Times Awards 2011. We were the clear winners from a shortlist of seven charities in the category.
The recognition that the charity has received in winning this award is an emphatic acknowledgement of the tireless dedication and commitment of our supporters across the country in campaigning for service improvements. With over 1,000 Muscle Group members across the UK and 31 Care Advisors funded within the NHS, the campaign for better services goes from strength to strength.
The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign was praised by the Charity Times Awards judges:
An outstanding campaign with outstanding results.
Indeed, we greatly appreciate the involvement of all our supporters in our campaigning work as we battle to secure the access to specialist care and services that people with muscle disease are entitled to receive.
Phillippa Farrant, whose son Dan has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, accepted the award on behalf of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign. She commented:
I believe that the success of this campaign shows what is possible when normal people, normal families join forces together. Campaigners are really just determined patients, mums, dads, partners, siblings and friends. There are hundreds of us who have played a part in making the NHS sit up and take notice on muscle-wasting disease care - whether it has been writing a letter to a local MP or standing up in parliament to tell our story. I feel proud to be fighting side by side with so many courageous, inspiring people.
Robert Meadowcroft, Chief Executive of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, said:
This national recognition of the impact of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign would not have been achieved without our inspirational members and supporters right across the country and their vital role in our campaigning successes over the last year. Just a year ago there were only 13 Care Advisors to provide essential health advice and emotional support to vulnerable families. There are now 31 NHS Care Advisors. This is a direct result of the sustained efforts and determination of all our campaigners.
Congratulations to all our supporters who have contributed towards this national recognition and the award as we continue to campaign for improved services across the country. As we know, the fight goes on.
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