Alex’s Wish Joins Duchenne UK as a Partner Charity.

We were delighted to announce on World Duchenne Awareness Day 2016, that Alex’s Wish is joining forces with Duchenne UK as a Partner charity, in our fight to beat Duchenne.

Emma and Andy Hallam set up Alex’s Wish after their son, Alex, was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy in 2010.

Alex’s Wish will join Duchenne UK as a partner charity, to co-fund research. Alex’s Wish will remain as a strong and successful fundraising charity, and will co-fund Duchenne UK’s research projects and clinical trials.

Alex Hallam is the star of the film for Duchenne UK’s “Worlds’ Strongest Boys” campaign that launched last week. Take a look at Alex featuring in the World's Strongest Boy campaign here and find out how to get involved.

Emma Hallam said: “By partnering with Duchenne UK we have more chance of reaching our goal to conquer Duchenne for all! As a charity in our own right, we understand that collaborating with others is vital if we are to fight this disease head on. We are excited to be working with Emily and Alex over the coming months and years.”

Co-founders of Duchenne UK, Emily Crossley and Alex Johnson, said: "We are delighted that Alex’s Wish is joining us as a charity partner to help us fulfill our ambitious research plans for the coming months. The more we can pull together as a community, the more impact we can have, and the more we can achieve.”

Here are a few words from Emma Hallam, Alex's Mum and the founder of Alex's Wish.

"Alex’s Wish is a charity based in the East Midlands who are 100% focussed on bringing new treatments – and ultimately a cure to all boys living with Duchenne. Our supporters have been amazing this year so we have been able to put £135K into promising projects to help all boys – including a Tamoxifen trial, gene therapy, repurposing projects and helping to expand clinical resource in the UK.  Having organised a range of community and fundraising events throughout the year we now have over 1,000 supporters giving to our cause, and this is growing year on year. 

We are equally excited about the year ahead, 2018 is going to be a year of growth for us and we hope to be able to give a further £150K+ to Duchenne UK.  In 2018, we will be launching our Business Club, with an aim of raising a minimum of £25,000 per year – this will help us engage with local businesses across the East Midlands to give regularly ensuring we can continue to raise a stable income for years to come.  We are a lean, committed and passionate charity with little overheads and focussed on working solely with Duchenne UK as a Charity Partner.  Together we are so much stronger and will a much better chance of making a real difference to boys with Duchenne."