The Christopher McCollum Fund was set up in 2008 by Gerry and Geraldine McCollum in honour of their son Christopher. Christopher was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy when he was five years old and sadly passed away on 8 September 2001, aged just 16.
The fund was established to provide equipment for young disabled people and also supports Muscular Dystrophy UK’s Duchenne Research Breakthrough Fund.
Those who knew Christopher said he was a happy boy, with a wonderful smile, and was an inspiration to everyone he met. Gerry and Geraldine promised Christopher that they would do everything they could to support the search for an effective treatment and ultimately a cure.
They became involved with Muscular Dystrophy UK in 1989 and have actively campaigned for years for better care and support for everyone with neuromuscular conditions. When the All Party Group on Muscular Dystrophy in Northern Ireland produced a report in July 2012, it was called The McCollum Report to honour the couples’ considerable efforts. This report assessed the access to specialist neuromuscular care in Northern Ireland and has since led to the appointment of a paediatric regional care advisor and a neuromuscular lead. In 2012, the McCollums were awarded the UK Campaigner of the Year award by Muscular Dystrophy UK.
Gerry and Geraldine are active fundraisers in their community of Bangor, Northern Ireland where they organise street collections, support family and friends in running events, and partner with local schools and businesses. In the summer of 2014 they were chosen as the charity of the year for their local Sainbury’s store.
How you can help
Setting up your own family fund is a great way to fundraise for the Muscular Dystrophy UK to keep our vital research moving forward. Find out more about our family funds.