Theydon Bois Golf Club raises thousands to fight muscular dystrophy

John Turnbull took the opportunity as Theydon Bois Golf 2020 Club Captain to choose MDUK as the club’s Charity of the Year, to raise money despite national lockdowns and other restrictions.

John’s wife Siobhan lives with limb girdle muscular dystrophy and the couple have received support from our helpline, been involved with local muscle group meetings and with Siobhan shielding throughout 2020, they attended MDUK Muscles Matter 2020 online seminar series.


John said:

Being able to help raise funds for MDUK has definitely been a highlight of a very difficult year. The MDUK charity is obviously very important to me personally, and I’m delighted to be able to help in any way I can. I’m extremely grateful to the members and staff of Theydon Bois Golf Club for helping me raise such a sum for such a worthy cause.


As Club Captain, John organised quiz nights, Captain’s events and other opportunities to help the club raise £6,000. With help from The Big Give’s 2020 Christmas Challenge, £5,000 of this was doubled, making the grand total donated £11,000.

Siobhan added:

I am very grateful to the members of Theydon Bois Golf Club for their kindness and generosity in raising so much money throughout this past incredibly challenging year. The money raised will help improve the lives of people like myself.


Louise Moffat, Regional Development Manager at Muscular Dystrophy UK said:

Like many other charities, Muscular Dystrophy UK has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic this year. But, it has been incredible supporters like John who have enabled us carry on as a charity, providing much needed support for everyone in the UK living with a muscle-wasting condition. It has been admirable how, despite the challenges that 2020 has posed, John has stayed committed and gone on to raise such an incredible amount. We are really grateful to him and everyone who has donated over the last year.