We are enormously grateful for the support of our many high profile supporters. Here are some of them:
Michael Attenborough CBE – Vice President, Karen Lewis – Ambassador
The Attenborough family have been linked with Muscular Dystrophy UK since the 1960s, when Lord Richard Attenborough first became involved with the charity. Theatre director Michael Attenborough and his wife, actress Karen Lewis, raise awareness of the work of Muscular Dystrophy UK and vital funding, including for the Richard Attenborough Fellowship Fund.
Sue Barker MBE – President
Through a great friendship with Lord Richard Attenborough, Sue Barker decided to follow in his footsteps by becoming President of Muscular Dystrophy UK (then the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign) in 2004. Sue has become an invaluable representative for the charity, meeting hundreds of supporters and supporting numerous charity events.
Ollie Hynd MBE – Ambassador
Gold-medal-winning Paralympic swimmer, Ollie Hynd, has been an Ambassador for the charity since 2012. Ollie has neuromuscular myopathy, and has offered advice and encouragement for other young people affected by muscle-weakening and wasting conditions who are interested in getting involved in sport.
Peter and Stephen McGuire – Ambassadors
Paralympic GB Boccia players, Peter and Stephen McGuire, are dedicated to fundraising for the charity and raising awareness of muscle-wasting conditions. They are both living with an undiagnosed form of muscular dystrophy. They feel passionately about helping young people with muscle-wasting conditions get the equipment they need to be independent and to thrive.
Jackie McNamara – Ambassador
Former Scottish international footballer and longest-serving Manager in the Scottish Premiership, Jackie McNamara, has been an Ambassador for Muscular Dystrophy UK for many years. The Dundee United Manager is a dedicated supporter of our annual Question of Support quiz in Glasgow. He helps us raise funds for research into muscle-wasting conditions and support for families affected by them.
Katie Razzall – Ambassador
Newsnight journalist and broadcaster, Katie Razzall won awards for her work reporting social issues affecting disabled people while with Channel 4 News. She has worked closely with our young campaigners group, the Muscular Dystrophy UK Trailblazers. In addition to hosting events in Parliament for the charity, Katie has spoken publicly about the importance of our work.
John Rowbotham – Ambassador
Speaker and retired FIFA referee, John Rowbotham lost his brother, Russell, to muscular dystrophy as a teenager. He has helped the charity to raise vital funding through our annual Question of Support quiz in Glasgow, and to raise awareness of muscle-wasting conditions.
Gordon Smith – Ambassador
Gordon Smith has been a professional footballer, Chief Executive of the Scottish Football Association, a BBC Football and Scottish Match of the Day pundit, and Sunday Post columnist. He lends his valuable support to Muscular Dystrophy UK fundraising events in Scotland and helps to raise awareness of our work.
MPs and Peers
Dave Anderson MP – Chair of All Party Parliamentary Group for Muscular Dystrophy
Dave Anderson knows well the impact muscle-wasting conditions can have on families. He has lost members of his family across three generations, including his brother and sister, to myotonic dystrophy. Dave has been a powerful voice in Westminster for children and adults living with rare conditions. He has played a fundamental role in securing UK-wide investment in specialist healthcare, and is working with us to ensure people benefit from groundbreaking and high-cost treatments.
Baroness Celia Thomas MBE – Trustee
Baroness Celia Thomas knows first-hand of the struggle people with muscle-wasting conditions face to get vital care, to manage symptoms and to protect health and quality of life. Celia, who has limb girdle muscular dystrophy, has been a supporter of Muscular Dystrophy UK for some years, determined to see improvements to specialist care in the UK. She works tirelessly to ensure vulnerable families living with muscle-wasting conditions have access to the NHS care and support they need.