Sue Barker presents award to campaigner with rare muscle-wasting condition

Martin Hywood with Sue Barker
Martin Hywood with Sue Barker

An Aylesbury man who has raised ‘invaluable awareness’ of rare and devastating muscle-wasting conditions and inspired people to donate thousands of pounds towards charity has won a national award for his efforts.

Martin Hywood was presented with a Muscular Dystrophy Campaign Charity Champion award by the charity’s president, BBC Sports star Sue Barker MBE, at a ceremony at its national conference in Nottingham.

The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign funds groundbreaking research into treatments for muscular dystrophy and related neuromuscular conditions and supports the 70,000 families in the UK affected by them.

Martin deeply moved many fans of his beloved Leeds United when he blogged about overcoming the pain and fatigue caused by the muscle-wasting condition that affects him to travel to his team’s home ground.

He has shared his story of living with limb girdle muscular dystrophy through magazine articles and social media, offering advice and support to others affected.

He even endured a mile-long walk this summer to raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign’s Move a mile for muscles campaign, and has inspired his brother to run a marathon and his daughter to skydive to support the charity.

The Charity Champion award is a new category for the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign’s annual President’s Awards and was inspired by Martin’s dedication to helping the charity across every area of its work.

Sue Barker told how ‘there is no ask too big or too small for Martin, who is dedicated to doing everything in his power to help others affected by muscle-wasting conditions’.

Robert Meadowcroft, chief executive of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, said: “People like Martin are at the very heart of our charity.

“He does everything within his power to help and support others affected by neuromuscular conditions, and we are proud to honour him as the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign’s Charity Champion.”