With statutory income accounting for just five percent of the charity's funds, our work relies almost entirely on voluntary donations from individuals, groups, companies and grant-making bodies.
We have a committed team who work closely with individuals and families who are able to donate gifts of £1,000 and/or are able to invest time and expertise to support Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, or through organising events to raise money for the organisation.
Groundbreaking research projects that need your support
The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign funds world-class pioneering research into potential treatments and cures - from basic science and translational research through to clinical trials. For over 50 years, the charity has contributed to crucial scientific breakthroughs in the field of neuromuscular disease, for example by laying the foundations for the promising 'exon skipping' technology, currently being tested in clinical trials for boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. We have also funded work that has led to a scientific breakthrough in finding a treatment for mitochondrial myopathy, which is now close to clinical trial.
We also fund PhD studentships (ten currently), and have supported over 500 young scientists as they developed careers within the field of neuromuscular science over the past 50 years.
Your donation will support our world-class research into effective treatments and cures for muscle-wasting disease, and will mean good news for individuals and families affected by muscle-wasting conditions:
funds a day of world-class research into muscular dystrophy
|£500||allows our nationwide network of young people with muscle-wasting disease - the Trailblazers - to get together in their local area to discuss issues such as employment and living independently|
|£900||allows the Joseph Patrick Trust (JPT) to make a grant towards the cost of a child's powered wheelchair|
pays for a clinical fellow for a week
|£3,000||pays the salary of a clinical trial co-ordinator for a month, ensuring people have access to excellent treatment and care|
|£5,000||allows us to ensure the voice of people living with muscle-wasting disease is heard loud and clear in each of the four parliaments across the UK; through parliamentary events, lobbies and cross-party groups|
|£10,000||covers the cost of two months of pioneering research into the causes and treatments of muscle-wasting disease|
|£30,000||funds a PhD studentship for a yearfunds a PhD studentship for a year|
|£65,000||funds a clinical fellow for a year|
|£120,000||supports a student through their PhD and encourages young scientists to stay in the field of neuromuscular research|
We offer a number of opportunities to those who make a significant gift, including:
- regular updates - a personal approach with regular updates tailored to your interest and preferences/project you are funding
- tax-efficiency - advice on the many tax-efficient ways of giving, including Gift Aid and donating shares
- project visit - seeing our vital work at first hand by visiting a research laboratory or a care centre of excellence
- special events - invitations to special events, such as our annual Research Reception, which has featured dedicated scientists such as Professor Dame Kay Davies
- close contact/one-to-one - direct contact with senior members of staff and trustees
- naming opportunities/acknowledgement – naming opportunities where possible,
- memberships – the opportunity to become a company member of the charity, and other opportunities for involvement such as joining our Lay Research Panel, the Joseph Patrick Trust grants’ committee and others
Click here to donate a major gift and make your mark for the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign
For more information on giving a major gift please contact Claire Gage, Development Manager: