The Q Trust was set up in 2001 by Mark Reynolds in memory of his friend Quentin Crewe who was a celebrated journalist, writer and society figure who travelled extensively. Mark worked tirelessly to raise awareness and support for others with muscle-wasting conditions until he passed away in 2005 as a result of his own condition. Mark’s passion for the cause lived on through his wife Jemima, until her untimely passing in 2015. Their family’s contribution to Muscular Dystrophy UK is unrivalled.
The Q Trust committee is now made up of friends and family of Quentin, Mark and Jemima and in 2018 their total fundraising hit £2.5 million thanks to the incredible generosity of its supporters. The Q Trust continues to put on a number of superb fundraising events to celebrate the lives of their dear friends and to ensure that their legacy is a lasting one.
Working with Muscular Dystrophy UK, this money has made a huge impact on the lives of people living with muscular dystrophy and other related neuromuscular conditions in the UK. The Q Trust has delivered on its original aims of funding pioneering research into effective treatments and cures whilst raising awareness of these devastating conditions. Support has been given to paediatric muscle services at Great Ormond Street and formerly at Hammersmith Hospital, the Oxford Muscle and Nerve Centre and its Regional Care Advisor, and pioneering research.
In this short video, Professor Dubowitz thanks the Q Trust for their “tremendous support”.
Please support the Q Trust by making an online donation.
On Thursday 14th November 2019, the Q Trust held The Great Chefs’ Dinner, a special one-off evening of fantastic food and fundraising to commemorate 40 years since the publication of Quentin Crewe’s The Great Chefs of France. The evening featured Darina Allen, Sally Clarke, Richard Corrigan, Jesse Dunford-Wood, Matthew Fort, Chris & Jeff Galvin, Skye Gyngell, Margot Henderson, Rowley Leigh, Prue Leith, Tom Parker Bowles and The River Café and raised £140,000 for Muscular Dystrophy UK.
On Thursday 15th November 2018, the Q Trust hosted yet another Q Trust Quiz at Hammersmith Town Hall. Evan Davies was at the helm as quiz master and over 400 guests attended, helping to raise a spectacular £39,000 for Muscular Dystrophy UK.
On Thursday 6th July 2017, the Q Trust hosted the magical Giffords Circus. This unique circus performed to a packed big top full of Q Trust friends and family and raised £23,000 to help fund the new research centre in Oxford.
In 2015, one of the Q Trust’s legendary quiz nights was a huge success bringing together supporters for a competitive night of fun. Dominic West was celebrity quiz master and a great time was had by all.
Inspired by the fundraising efforts of their parents and friends, a whole new generation of supporters have launched the YQTrust, an off-shoot of The Q Trust. The committee aim to raise money for treatments and cures, just like the Q Trust, and hope to surprise, excite and reward supporters with a whole new series of fundraising events.
This year, they will be hosting their second YQT Quiz Night on Wednesday 28 May. For more information head to the event page.
The group launched with its inaugural sell-out night YQT Presents…in November 2012 where a 250-strong audience enjoyed live DJ sets. The night was an huge success and raised nearly £4,500 for the charity.
For further information about The Q Trust please contact our Development Team.
Setting up a family fund, like the Q Trust, is a great way to fundraise for Muscular Dystrophy UK to keep our vital research moving forward. Find out more about our family funds.