Award winners 2019

Meet our 2019 President’s Award winners


Fundraiser of the Year – Wayne Armsden 

When Wayne Armsden’s son Archie was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, Wayne and his partner set up the family fund Archie’s Army, and have raised more than £100,000 in three years. Wayne has established an annual football match, completed tough mudder events and is now training to take on London Marathon, all to raise money for research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy. You can watch Wayne’s video to find hear from him and his family about winning Fundraiser of the Year.

Campaigner of the Year – Kerry Thompson

Kerry Thompson got involved with the Changing Places campaign and by sharing her story and her sheer determination, Kerry successfully lobbied Tesco supermarkets to install 30 Changing Places toilets, with more planned for the future. Kerry is a keen blogger and part of the MDBloggersCrew on Twitter. You can watch the video of why she was nominated here.

Community Award – David Duggins, Knowle and Dorridge branch (accepted on his behalf by Muir & Marion Wilson)

David Duggins (pictured right)

David Duggins helped set up the Knowle and Dorridge branch of Muscular Dystrophy UK in 1964 after friends had two boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and he has been fundraising for the charity ever since.  At the age of 82, David continues to be at every fundraising event and is described as the “glue” that holds the branch together. You can see why he won in this video.

Early Career Scientist – Dr Chris Banerji

Dr Chris Banerji was awarded the Early Career Scientist award having been nominated for applying his mathematics knowledge to the field of genetics to lead important research into rare muscular diseases. Dr Banerji retrained and begun genetic research following the diagnosis of several family members with FSHD. Watch our video to find out more about why he won the award.

Richard Attenborough Award for Outstanding Achievement – Peter Ashley

Peter Ashley was nominated by his wife Emma-Jane for his total dedication, in the last 11 years, to a family he inherited, and to raising awareness of muscle wasting diseases, campaigning, supporting Muscular Dystrophy UK, fundraising and helping others. Peter started the Congenital Myotonic Dystrophy Fight Fund after his son Dregan’s diagnosis that has seen a group of four families raise over £100k for research. Peter also sits on two NHS foundation trust panels in North Lincolnshire acting as a powerful advocate for people with muscle wasting., and Muscular Dystrophy UK’s Content Advisory group and Lay Research Panel. Watch to see why Peter won the award.

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