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M6toll supports Muscular Dystrophy Support Centre

Midland Expressway Ltd (operators of the M6toll) have supported The Muscular Dystrophy Support Centre with a donation of £1,500 to fund 25 hours of much needed therapy for people diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy who have suffered disproportionately during Covid-19, as lockdowns and shielding have meant their muscle condition has deteriorated.

The Centre helps people aged 18+ with muscular dystrophy to live well with a degenerative muscle-wasting disability – providing physiotherapy and other physical therapies on a long-term basis. They are the only organisation in the Midlands region to do so as regular physiotherapy is not provided on the NHS. Therapy is provided from their Centre in Coventry, and satellite clinics in Birmingham, Leicester, and Tipton.

The charity currently has an 8-month waiting list and need to increase capacity by at least 20% to help all those in need. The funding provided by the M6toll will be used for therapy sessions for service users in the Midlands in the main centre in Coventry and satellite clinic in Birmingham.

Natasha Sweet, Head of Fundraising says; “The Muscular Dystrophy Support Centre is delighted to receive this funding from the M6toll’s Drive for Charity scheme. The funding will provide specialised physical therapy sessions for people with muscular dystrophy, helping them to live well with this progressive, muscle-wasting disability. Many people with muscular dystrophy have been particularly badly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, as long periods spent shielding have led to a detrimental impact on their mobility. This funding will

help us increase our therapy hours this year to meet increasing need among people who are unable to access therapy for their condition anywhere else in the Midlands.”

Rachel Smith; Social Squad member added: “I am delighted we are able to support the Muscular Dystrophy Support Centre as this is a service close to myself as I have a condition that comes under Muscular Dystrophy. The work the charity does is fantastic, and I am so pleased we are able to support this charity and help patients like myself get the much-needed help and treatment to help manage their symptoms and independence.”

Midland Expressway Ltd’s (MEL) donation forms part of a wider initiative to support local schools and community projects. MEL’s Social Squad is always on the lookout for local charities and community projects to support. To register your charity or community project with MEL for consideration to receive fundraising or practical (volunteering) support now or in the future visit www.m6toll.co.uk for further information or email d4c@m6toll.co.uk

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