Supporting shed and gardening clubs for NMC charity

Date: Wednesday 04 November 2015

lr Keith Meakin Malvyn Byron WEB

From sheds to shrubbery, our North West team is helping service users at The Neuromuscular Centre (NMC) in Winsford with their green fingers, by pledging a £1,000 contribution to its popular shed and gardening clubs.

Our donation will mean the NMC can work with a local wood merchant to fund workshops for service users, as well as buy plants and compost for the gardening club to tend over next spring.

Lyndsey Cannon-Potts, head fundraiser at The Neuromuscular Centre, says: “At our purpose-built centre we have ‘Men in Sheds’ and ‘Gardening Club’ activities, which aim to engage individuals with muscular dystrophy (MD) who, due to their physical disabilities, believe that outdoor physical activities might be out of reach.

“Through adaptations and support from others, we have people with MD and carers participating in gardening, woodwork and small DIY tasks. As well as learning new skills, participants are also able to meet new people and reduce the isolation associated with having a long term physical disability.”

Our donation will enable the NMC to purchase items such as plants, wood and associated materials and equipment. The Men in Sheds programme make planters, small items of furniture and garden tables as part of the mutually-supportive outdoor groups.

The Neuromuscular Centre is a registered charity based in Winsford, providing specialist services and support for individuals living with muscular dystrophy and their families and carers. With more than 70,000 people affected by MD in the UK, the NMC remains the only organisation providing tangible services in the country.

Stuart Craig, Sales Manager for Taylor Wimpey North West, says: “This is a fantastic cause and one we’re delighted to support. The work that staff and volunteers do at the centre is inspiring and if we can make sure that beneficiaries can continue to enjoy the clubs and activities that promote health and wellbeing then we’re only too happy to do so.”

Lyndsey concludes: “We’re particularly proud of our gardening club, which ensures the centre has lovely floral displays. This brings a cheery atmosphere to all who visit – and we’re thrilled that our local homebuilder, Taylor Wimpey, is supporting this project. I’d like to say a big thank you from us all!”