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Thank you for supporting our Christmas appeal

Just before Christmas we introduced you to John Dickson, a ten-year-old boy with Duchenne muscular dystrophy who is described by his dad as the UK's first 'sit-down comedian'.

The response to the story of his great humour, balanced with the reality of life with a severe muscle-wasting condition, made this the most successful appeal of its type in many years, raising more than £25,000. This could fund four months of groundbreaking research to find treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy and related neuromuscular conditions.

We also asked you to send him jokes and gifts. You'll see from the photo how much he enjoyed receiving these.

"They made me laugh lots and it felt special having so many kind people thinking about me and the charity," John said.

On behalf of the Dicksons and hundreds of families like theirs across the UK, thank you.

Our fight against muscle-wasting conditions depends on the support of people like you. The generous response we get when we share stories of our supporters makes a huge difference to our vital work.

Please read more about John and his family and how you can support our fundraising appeal.

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