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Project information

NMC's 'Pay for a Day' Christmas Challenge!

This year it will cost NMC £1.1million to provide a unique combination of life enhancing opportunities and support for people affected by Muscular Dystrophy. Our Christmas Challenge is to raise £1500 in individual donations, and £1500 in match funding to cover NMC's total running costs for one day.

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Charity information: The Neuromuscular Centre

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  • Need


    Each year the cost of keeping The Neuromuscular Centre (NMC) operating increases. In 2018-19 it will cost £1.1million, or £3000 per day. NMC is reliant on fundraising to raise this total.

    This annual increase in costs is inevitable.

    As NMC remains the only provider offering the services it does for people affected by Muscular Dystrophy, referrals to the service increase year on year. Covering operating costs is vital to continue offering this much needed support for NMC's service users.


    Raising a total of £3000 to 'Pay for a Day', covering the costs of running NMC for an entire day, will play a significant role in NMC's overall fundraising plans.

    We aim to use the publicity surrounding the Christmas Challenge to encourage local businesses, groups and individuals to consider setting £3000 as a target for future fundraising, by using this opportunity to launch 'Pay for a Day' as an ongoing NMC sponsorship project, which will ensure sustainability of NMC against increasing costs.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Raise a total of £3000 to cover the Neuromuscular Centre's running costs for an entire day.


    » Encourage individuals to support our Christmas challenge by pledging donations totalling £1500, enabling us to secure £1500 in match funding.

    What success will look like

    A specific date in early 2019 will be selected as our 'Pay for a Day' date. On this day, we will use social media and promotional materials to advertise the success of the project.

  • Impact


    We hope that promoting the success of 'Pay for a Day' will encourage local businesses, groups and individuals to work towards sponsoring their own 'Pay for a Day'.

    They will be able to select a significant date that they have chosen to sponsor, and on this day their support will be advertised internally and externally through social media, local press and promotional materials.

    'Pay for a Day' dates will also be promoted on our website, again encouraging similar long term support.


    The main risk to our project is not raising £1500 in individual donations, and therefore not being eligible for £1500 match funding.

    In order to reduce this risk, we will be promoting the project internally and externally in the lead up to the 27th November, with our main opportunity for securing pledges being at our charity carol concert on the 23rd November. We will also be communicating with our regular Christmas givers, to encourage them to consider changing their donations to online giving


    We will report to our individual donors either in person, by phone, or by email and letter. We will also use our website and social media to report on the overall success of the project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £3,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,000 Pay for a Day Cover the costs of running the Neuromuscular Centre for one day.
  • Background


    The Neuromuscular Centre is a charity providing a unique combination of life enhancing opportunities and support for people affected by Muscular Dystrophy, a progressive muscle-wasting condition.

    Founded in 1990 out of a dearth of services and opportunities for adults and young people with Muscular Dystrophy, it was a determination to enable fulfilling and productive lives for those living with these disabling conditions that led to the foundation of NMC.


    There are more than 70,000 people living with Muscular Dystrophy in the UK. As the only provider offering the services we do, we regularly assess prospective service users from all around the UK, although the majority of those accessing our support on a regular basis are based in the North West.

    We take referrals for physiotherapy from anyone over the age of 16, but any young people of high school age (11+) can access our training and support services, such as our Bushcraft sessions.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    According to our most recent Social Accounts (2016-17), 99% of NMC Service users state that visiting the Centre has a positive impact on their lives. 91% state that NMC has had a positive impact on their own self confidence and feelings of empowerment, and 1 in 5 said that NMC has prevented them having a crisis during the past year.

    These statistics prove the vital role of NMC in the lives of those living with Muscular Dystrophy, and why it is crucial we are able to continue offering support.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Jennifer Lea

    Community Fundraiser coordinating 'Christmas Challenge' promotion