“I decided to support Muscular Dystrophy UK because my younger sister Jessica was diagnosed at the age of three as a manifesting carrier of Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and we have many friends with a variety of muscular dystrophies. This means muscular dystrophy and its impact has been a part of my life since a very young age. Muscular Dystrophy UK has been incredibly supportive throughout, and so it felt right to do something to give back. If it was something a little daring, even better!” Said Charlotte from Cleveland.
Make Today Count is one of Muscular Dystrophy UK’s unique events. Next year, we are aiming to raise over £130,000 –enough to fund 3,000 hours of research into Duchenne. Every year, outstanding people like Charlotte Make Today Count by leaping 10,000ft out of a plane.
“After deciding I wanted to do something to support Muscular Dystrophy UK, I began to research the different fundraising events available. I had already toyed with the idea of doing a skydive before (I’m a bit bonkers), so after seeing Make Today Count, I immediately knew I wanted to take part. It was an opportunity to be thrown out of a plane and raise some money for a worthwhile cause, perfect!
Taking part in Make Today Count in 2014 was Amazing. I was completely blown away by the generosity of everybody, from the people who donated to the classmates who baked their socks off to help with a cake stall I set up. As for the skydive itself, it was a truly incredible experience. My instructor, I believe Mark is his name, was great. Very funny and put me at ease, even though he insisted on pointing at his altitude watch all the way up to remind me how high the plane was flying! Freefalling is a feeling like no other, I wish it lasted longer, although I won’t miss the flapping cheeks which made for some very flattering pictures. Once the parachute was open it was a gentle journey back to the ground, and I was even given the handles briefly and allowed to steer us around. Overall, I loved it, and would definitely do it again. I’m tempted to join the freefall society at university.
I would absolutely recommend taking part in Make Today Count. It’s a challenge, but one that grants an amazing sense of achievement, and raises very important funds for research.
I liked that Make Today Count funds research into Duchenne. Having witnessed the often dire reality of Duchenne, including the death of a close family friend, I believe it is absolutely vital to raise as much money as possible for this cause. Knowing that every penny I raised was specifically for research made me even keener to take part.”
If you, like Charlotte, are adventurous, or know someone who is, then sign up today to Make Today Count 2018. Choose from dates in February and March at sites across the UK. By the time you land, you’ll have funded nine hours of groundbreaking research into muscle-wasting conditions.