In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact on all charities and their ability to raise funds, exacerbated by the current lack of government support for charities, we are having to furlough many members of MDUK staff. This includes the team responsible for administering the Joseph Patrick Trust (JPT). We will re-open the JPT for applications later in the year and will update you when we have more clarity around when this is likely to be.
You can read more from our CEO about the impact that COVID-19 is having on MDUK and how we have had to respond in this blog.
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Over more than 30 years, MDUK has funded more than £6m in grants that have helped more than 5,000 children and adults with muscle-wasting conditions buy specialist mobility equipment not available on the NHS.
The Joseph Patrick Trust (JPT), the welfare fund within Muscular Dystrophy UK provides grants towards the costs of specialist equipment such as powered wheelchairs, adapted computers and electric beds, for children and adults with muscular dystrophy or a related neuromuscular condition.
The Joseph Patrick Trust was founded in 1986 by Alexander Patrick CBE in memory of his father, a founder of Muscular Dystrophy UK. Inspired by his brother Andrew, who had Duchenne muscular dystrophy and died in 1962 aged 13, the JPT was established to promote independence and quality of life for people living with muscle-wasting conditions.
Over more than 30 years, Muscular Dystrophy UK has awarded more than 6,000 grants, totalling more than £6million. These grants have helped more than 5,000 children and adults with muscle-wasting conditions to purchase specialist mobility equipment not available on the NHS.
There is also now a volunteering opportunity to become a JPT Panel member.