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2015 Winner GSK Impact Awards

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Local charity wins national award for work with neuromuscular conditions

The Neuromuscular Centre, a Cheshire-based charity supporting people affected by neuromuscular conditions across the UK, has won a GSK IMPACT Award*, which includes £30,000 in unrestricted funding. The organisation beat over 350 charities to win the accolade, which recognises excellence in those working in health and wellbeing. 

More than 70,000 people in the UK have some form of neuromuscular condition, a group of disorders characterised by progressive muscle weakness and loss of muscle tissue. There is no cure for these diseases, but physiotherapy can delay the degenerative process, help people stay stronger for longer, aid flexibility and ease pain, helping to reduce hospital admissions and improve quality of life.  

The Neuromuscular Centre is the only organisation in the UK providing ongoing physiotherapy and support for people affected by muscular dystrophy and is seen as a centre of excellence. It is largely user led and managed. It provides training and employment opportunities for people with neuromuscular conditions and an advocacy service for users. It also supports carers;  ‘Carers Corner’ provides a space for family members to relax and meet other carers and get information from support workers.

The GSK IMPACT Awards, run in partnership with The King’s Fund, are designed to recognise the outstanding work of community-based health and wellbeing charities. In addition to the recognition and  funding, the Neuromuscular Centre will receive access to training and development worth an estimated £6,000. It will also be invited to join the GSK IMPACT Awards Network. The Network supports more than 60 award-winning charities with the opportunity to develop their leaders, share and learn from each other’s experiences and expertise, and build the recognition of their contribution to their communities.

The Neuromuscular Centre will receive its prize at a ceremony held at the Science Museum in London on Thursday 14th May, along with the other nine winners. An overall winner, who will receive a further £10,000 in unrestricted funding, will be revealed on the night.

Katie Pinnock, Director, UK & Ireland Charitable Partnerships said:

‘The Neuromuscular Centre is an excellent organisation responding to all the needs of people with degenerative diseases. It should be commended for its inclusive approach and the support it provides to people with muscular dystrophy, their families, carers and other professionals. It is a worthy winner.’ 

Matthew Lanham, Chief Executive of The Neuromuscular Centre, said:

‘Winning the GSK IMPACT Award has given a massive boost to our confidence as an organisation. We’re ambitious to grow and develop our services and the Award provides an extremely timely, high profile endorsement of the impact of our work and the professionalism of our organisation.’

A judging panel of health and charity experts who chose the winners included broadcast journalist Fiona Phillips; Gilly Green, Head of UK Grants at Comic Relief; Sir Christopher Gent, Chair of GSK, and Sir Chris Kelly, Chair of The King’s Fund.

Source: GSK Impact Awards