The Muscle Help Foundation (MHF), the specialist family charity that delivers life-changing, highly personalised experiences for children and young people in the UK with Muscular Dystrophy (MD) and allied neuromuscular conditions, has launched its #powerof657 campaign to broaden its reach and raise awareness of the charity’s work. This initiative was made possible through a grant of nearly £10,000 from the Big Lottery Fund (BLF).
WHAT is the #powerof657?
The title refers to the charity’s aim to deliver a total of 657 transformational experiences or ‘Muscle Dreams’. 657 represents the approximate number of muscles in the human body and also reinforces the project’s key aim to reach more people across the country, by demonstrating the powerful effect that Muscle Dreams have on those with MD and their families.
The inaugural Alf Morris Lecture will be delivered by renowned journalist, historian, writer and social commentator, Sir Harold Evans (pictured). Taking as its theme the issue of securing an independent and dignified future for our ageing population, the lecture covers one of the key debates in May’s General Election.
Sir Harold is no stranger to controversy. His distinguished career includes a 14 year stint as editor of the Sunday Times where he uncovered the thalidomide disaster and exposed Kim Philby as a Soviet spy. He championed a style of investigative journalism that brought stories, scandals and social issues to public attention and his powerful influence changed the way civil cases were reported in Britain. Now based in New York, Sir Harold is making a rare trip to the UK.
Trainees at Papworth Trust Workwise in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, have made a rehabilitation wheel for an arthritic Bengal cat called Denver (see video link below), which has sparked a run of orders for the social enterprise.
Papworth Trust Workwise provides work based-training to adults with mental ill health. It has several large workshops, where trainees can learn how to make a variety of products, from textiles to woodwork.