The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign and the global leaders in sports entertainment WWE formed a partnership to encourage young people to get involved with the charity’s volunteering and fundraising opportunities. People were nominated for their inspiring work supporting individuals with a muscle-wasting condition or the charity itself through fundraising or campaigning.
Community Champion Winners
Laura Bizzey – East of England
Laura, 14, from Snape, Suffolk, has minicore (multicore) myopathy and is a truly exceptional fundraiser, organising fundraising events and awareness days at her school. Last year she took part in the Just Walk event for the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign and walked a challenging 10km to raise over £1,500 for the charity, she will be taking part in the same event this year and is hoping to raise even more! Laura has been an excellent fundraiser, always pushing herself to the limit for the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign.
Laura was the overall Champion of Champions for WWE and is our national winner of our search for a WWE Community Champion.
Harry Donaghy – Scotland
Harry, 17, was nominated by Robbie, father of Eoghan who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Harry and Eoghan have been friends since nursery school and Harry has demonstrated maturity over the years, understanding and anticipating the difficulties Eoghan faces. Harry’s friendship and support have greatly contributed to Eoghan’s sense of independence, and have been a huge support to Eoghan’s whole family.
Robbie says their friendship has influenced their group of wider friends.
“Eoghan’s friends have come to accept disability as natural and are inclusive in their attitudes. It has given Eoghan an outward looking approach to life in general.”
Kenny Cloke – Northern Ireland
Kenny is nine years old and has Duchenne muscular dystrophy. In May 2010, Kenny was determined to participate in a Walk for Muscles along with his family and he raised £175 for the charity. Kenny walked three miles – a feat that required a large degree of determination in light of his severe disability.
Jimi, William and Edward Walsh – Yorkshire
Jimi (18), William (11) and Edward (6)
Edward has Duchenne muscular dystrophy and his older brothers have been ‘superstars’ according to their mum, Julie. Both Jimi and William help with Edward’s muscle stretches and medication. William helps Edward at school and has introduced him to his friends so that more people across the school know him. Jimi encourages Edward to continue to play football and to stay positive and he also watches for and corrects Edward’s posture when he’s playing games.
Carl Tilson – North West England
Carl, 24, has Duchenne muscular dystrophy and is a huge WWE fan. He met WWE Diva Trish Status some years ago and the two of them have struck up a friendship that sees them writing to each other, and Trish being a surprise guest at Carl’s recent birthday party. Following a traumatic near-death experience, caused by his condition, Carl decided to dedicate himself to campaigning to raise awareness of his condition. To date he has raised over £100,000 for research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy
Bradley Addison – Midlands
Bradley, from Birmingham, is seven years old and has Duchenne muscular dystrophy. He has been nominated by his mum, Sarah, to be the Midlands’ WWE Community Champion.
Bradley was the face (and smile) of our national awareness campaign in 2010, raising awareness of the condition. It was the time he became “a famous little boy with all his friends at school”, according to his mum. “The other reason I allowed Bradley’s picture to be used is because l feel as a mom this may help Bradley not to become scared of using or being in a wheelchair and to help him feel it’s okay to be different. As Bradley gets older he will be relying on a wheelchair permanently.”
Bradley’s family and friends have now established a fundraising committee called ‘The Friends of Bradley & Cameron‘ and have plans to raise lots of money for the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign.
Stephen Liney – London
Stephen is a dedicated fundraiser and volunteer for the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign. He has Becker muscular dystrophy and has been an active member of the Trailblazers young campaigners’ network since 2008, recently becoming the chair of the South East regional group. In 2010 Stephen organised a Question of Support quiz night raising £150. In December 2010 Stephen took on the challenge of putting together a fundraising committee for the Aylesbury Vale area and has ambitious fundraising plans.
Nick Bryant – South West
Nick, 25, joined the Bristol and Bath fundraising team in summer 2010 at the request of his best friend Khurm, whose little brother has Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Since then he has been dedicated to the team, taking part in collections, securing support from local companies and even signing up his friends and family to volunteer and participate in events for the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign.
The ten regional winners will receive two tickets to their local WWE live event, with one overall “champion of champions” winning a meet and greet with a WWE Superstar.