Last year we were saddened by the death of His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, our Royal Patron. His 50 year support of Muscular Dystrophy UK was of great value to our community and all those living with a muscle-wasting condition.
We are honoured to have been invited to attend a Service of Thanksgiving on 29 March 2022 in respect of our long relationship with Prince Phillip. We remain indebted to the exposure and awareness given to us through his role as Royal Patron.
During his 50 years of Royal Patronage, we kept HRH Prince Philip informed about developments in research as he recognised its importance and the hope it gave to those living with muscular dystrophy. During his time with us, HRH Prince Philip would have seen a number of significant advances in research and the hope brought to the community through treatments becoming available.
Prince Philip’s commitment to the charity has been vital in making the public more aware of muscle-wasting conditions resulting in an increase in fundraised income. To put this into context, in 1966 when HRH became our Patron, we invested £93,000 in research. In the past 7 years, we have been able to invest almost £14.5 million in research as a direct result of our increased profile, driven by having such an esteemed Royal Patron.
You can read more about this progress in our 2016 publication, 50 Years Together, honouring Prince Philip’s outstanding half-century of service to MDUK.
We remain grateful for the support HRH The Prince Philip during his life and remember his commitment to the muscle-wasting community over the years.