Supporting people with Muscular Dystrophy in Cheshire

A woman reclines as a neuromuscular technician works on her foot and ankle

Peter Wilson tells us how his Community Award will help a specialist neuromuscular centre expand its services..

I’m a volunteer minibus driver for the Neuromuscular Centre in Winsford, which provides a range of services for those with Muscular Dystrophy. Muscular Dystrophy is a muscle-wasting condition for which there is currently no cure. The centre is the only one of its kind in the UK, so the support it offers to people with the condition – from physiotherapy and training, to specialist advice – is absolutely vital.

“Our number of clients is growing rapidly, so we are constantly looking at ways to extend our support.”

Muscular dystrophy affects muscle power in both limbs and organs, including the heart and lungs, and the centre works with clients to improve their cardiovascular and respiratory fitness. Our service is in demand and our numbers are constantly growing, so we were desperate to purchase some new physiotherapy equipment to enhance the services we offer.

When I heard about the Foundation I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to help the centre achieve this. We applied for funding for an EasyStand Glider, a specially adapted cross trainer to aid fitness for those whose lives are impacted by the condition.

“The EasyStand Glider will make such a difference; it will add another element to the physiotherapy clients are able to access.”

The EasyStand Glider differs from a normal cross trainer in that people can access it from a seated position. It supports the user, helping them stand up to use it. Regular use can help to slow down the progressive nature of the condition and help with strength and fitness.

When we found out we had won the award and would be able to purchase the equipment, we were overjoyed. We’ve never had anything like the EasyStand Glider, so we’re really excited about it. Having this gives us the potential to create an adapted gym for our muscular dystrophy community, in turn giving them the opportunity to become more independent.

“With more than 700 registered clients, the benefit will be extremely far reaching.”

Thanks to the award from the Foundation, our physiotherapy department can continue to support people with muscular dystrophy, and the centre will be able to help even more people. We are extremely grateful to everyone who took the time to vote for our cause. It’s such a great feeling!