Harrisons Fund

Campaigns & Appeals

Every now and again someone comes up with a fabulous idea and we just have to grab it with both hands and run as far as we can with it! You will find all our favourite and most exciting campaigns and events here. Why not have a look or even pick one and get involved?

Christmas For A Christmas Campaign
December 2017

What is Christmas all about?

A Christmas for a Christmas 

Who doesn't love Christmas and receiving presents? We all love the excitement of pulling off the wrapping paper and seeing what's inside.

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What is Christmas all about?

A Christmas for a Christmas

Who doesn't love Christmas and receiving presents? We all love the excitement of pulling off the wrapping paper and seeing what's inside. Christmas can be such a joyful time- being with our loved ones, spending time with family and friends, and seeing the excitement in children as they await Father Christmas. Kids with Duchenne only have so many Christmases. We'd like to help them have many more.

For children with Duchenne that excitement is strictly time-limited and even the ability to unwrap their own presents is strictly time limited to their early teens. They won't have as many Christmases to share with their families because they suffer from a 100% fatal, life limiting muscle wasting disease, and most will not live beyond their early 20's.

There is no cure, but with your help we can raise money to fund research trying to produce treatments that will slow the pace of this genetic disease and give these children more Christmases. 

Just 'donate' your Christmas, and instead of receiving presents, ask some of your family and friends to donate to Harrison's Fund in your name instead of giving you a present.

To get started, just create your own fundraising page here. Using this online tool makes it super simple for both you and your donors. People don't have to give you cash and it can all be done online. We're always here to support you all the way with handy hints and tips.

So please help us to #maketime.  Join our Christmas for a Christmas campaign and  help children with Duchenne. 

Thank you from everyone at Harrison's Fund and all the children that you will help.

Christmas for a Christmas

Birthday For A Birthday Campaign

Everyone loves birthdays!

A Birthday for a Birthday

Could you spare a birthday to give a child with Duchenne another one? Giving up just one of your birthdays can help us fund research into a cure and hopefully extend the lives of children with Duchenne. Kids born with Duchenne don't get  to have as many birthdays as they should. We are working to change that! 

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Most people hope to have at least seventy birthdays in their lifetime which can mean a lot of presents. Some of the birthday presents you receive you may absolutely love, but there will be those which end up being donated to charity shops or  regifted, or sold on eBay.  Children with Duchenne, a life limiting disease, sadly do not live to be 70,  so they have a lot less birthdays than most people. For most of the kids with Duchenne, their life span is merely 20 years. 

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is 100% fatal. Most children with it are usually in a wheelchair by the age of 12. One in 3,500 boys is born with it, and in the UK 2,500 kids have it at the moment. You can have it, no matter where you are or what your ethnic background is. A third of all cases start in the womb, with no warning before the baby is born. Girls can also get Duchenne with around 1% of Duchenne births being female. Most kids with it die in their late teens or early twenties·

It leads to respiratory failure, heart failure, and other debilitating orthopaedic complications. Although we know a lot about how Duchenne is caused, current treatments are pretty limited. Steroids and daily stretching are what most doctors recommend, but they have their drawbacks and don't prevent debilitating muscle contractures.

One of the projects that we are raising funds for is research into anti fibrotic drugs to alleviate these contractures so why not get involved and make a difference.

Decide to give up your birthday and instead donate the cost of your celebrations and ask your friends to donate to Harrison's Fund instead of giving you a present? You can set up your fundraising page here and you won't even have to get sweaty or dirty to feel good!! We will then send you some great tips to help make your fundraising the best it can possibly be. Thank you xx

Harrison's Brunch
June 2017

This June we launched a new campaign - "Harrison's Brunch"! It's been a big hit and we'd love people to take part throughout the summer. 

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This June we launched a new campaign - "Harrison's Brunch"! It's been a big hit and we'd love people to take part throughout the summer.

Super fun and simple, just host a brunch (or a BBQ) with your friends, family, even work colleagues and help raise money to help us fund potentially life-saving treatments for all those with Duchenne. So show off your brilliant cooking skills and take part! Brunch, BBQ, or even Afternoon Tea- whatever strikes your fancy!

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