Charity Partnership with Belfast-based Portview raises £32,000!

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Catherine Rowland

Generous employees of leading fit-out specialist, Portview, have raised more than £32,000 for Muscular Dystrophy UK to fund vital research into muscle-wasting conditions.

In the space of just nine months, the Portview team raised an impressive £32,444 by organising a series of charity raffles, prize giveaways, social gatherings, and adrenaline-packed events throughout 2018. They jumped out of planes in the MDUK skydive, abseiled off Belfast Castle and rallied their staff, customers and suppliers to raise as much as possible in the fight against muscle-wasting conditions.

Portview selected MDUK as its charity partner to support employee, Shauna Wright, whose six-year-old son Jack is living with Duchenne – a form of muscle dystrophy that affects around 2,500 people in the UK and causes muscles to weaken over time, leading to severe disability.

Shauna said,

“Hearing the words your son has a life limiting disease is soul destroying. As a family, we have learned to take one day at a time and accept that by the age of ten Jack will be wheelchair dependent. With no current cure for Duchenne, fundraising for research is vital and I am overwhelmed that my colleagues chose to support MDUK. The funds will cover over six months of pioneering research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which will hopefully contribute to finding the cure that we so desperately need.”

Julie Harvey, Muscular Dystrophy UK’s Regional Development Manager for Northern Ireland said:

“It’s been fantastic working with the team at Portview to raise over £32,000 for research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Many companies talk about community support and CSR, but it’s obvious that for the staff at Portview it’s not just ticking a box; they genuinely care about making a difference and went above and beyond to smash their original target and achieve such a fantastic total. This is an extremely exciting time for research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy. New treatments could give young children a real chance of leading a full life despite diagnosis. Every day counts and we are so grateful to everyone at Portview for their support.”

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