Community’s Regional Charity Committees make donations across the UK to some fantastic charities and gives Community members and Reps the opportunity to highlight local charities close to their heart who don’t receive enough funding or publicity.
A great example of this recently is the £300 donation made to Team MAXimise Potential who were nominated by Bob Tomkins, Branch Secretary of HMP Forest Bank in Salford.
Team MAXimise is a family fund linked to the charity Muscular Dystrophy UK. Family Funds are a great opportunity for families affected by muscular dystrophy to fundraise in the name of their family. This means they can put their personal touch on it and organise their own fundraising initiatives, all in the name of their loved one.
Team MAXimise has been set up in the name of Max, an 8-year-old from Manchester who was diagnosed with Becker muscular dystrophy at the age of two after his Mum noticed that he wasn’t developing as she expected him to.
Becker muscular dystrophy is a genetic condition that gradually weakens every single muscle in the body, leading to an increased level of disability and significantly lowers life expectancy. Despite being devastated by the diagnosis, Max’s Mum Leanne felt inspired to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy UK and specifically donate the proceeds of the fundraising to treatments beneficial to Becker muscular dystrophy. So far, she has raised an amazing £25,000!!
Bob Tomkins, Branch Secretary HMP Forest Bank in Salford who had requested the funding from the Benevolent Fund said:
“Having met Max on several occasions at various fundraising events for this cause, I was struck by the positive attitude of him. I feel that life has dealt him a bad blow and anything I can do to help will be appreciated. My intention is to complete the zip slide in Wales to raise even more funds towards the research.”
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