A national charity has spoken in praise of a group of Isle of Wight volunteers who have been giving up their time for more than 50 years to help families living with devastating muscle-wasting conditions.
Colin and Lynne Baker, Jean and Ian Cunningham, Lorinda Dixon, Lesley Levings, Mary Norton, Sheila Moore and Patricia Streeter all volunteer for the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign as part of the charity’s Isle of Wight Branch. They, along with other branch members and volunteers, have raised more than £200,000 for the charity since its formation, helping it to fund groundbreaking research into treatments for muscular dystrophy and related neuromuscular conditions and give support to the 70,000 families in the UK who are affected – 1700 of them based in Hampshire.
The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign’s band of around 1,400 volunteers right across the UK help the charity to raise close to a quarter of its annual income.
Branch Treasurer Colin Baker said:
“All our branch members really enjoy volunteering for the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign. It has been so rewarding to have been involved all these years – I would recommend volunteering to anyone.”
Robert Meadowcroft, Chief Executive of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, said:
“Our Isle of Wight volunteers and others like them are very much a part of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign team – without their generosity in donating their time we would not be able to carry out our work on the scale that we do. It is with their help we are able to support the thousands of families across the UK living with muscular dystrophy and related neuromuscular conditions and drive forward research into treatments. We owe all the branch members our deepest thanks for their kindness and devotion.”
To find out about volunteering opportunities with the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, please visit www.muscular-dystrophy/volunteer.