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Muscle Help Foundation Rugby Muscle Dream open for nominations

Posted on: October 11th, 2017 | 0 comments

Know someone with muscular dystrophy that loves rugby? You can now nominate them to take part in the Muscle Help Foundation charity’s 2017 Rugby Muscle Dream Programme supported once again by the London Marriott Hotel Twickenham and the RFU – bring it on!


Rugby Muscle Dream Programme

Fri 17th NOV – Sat 18th NOV (match day)
With overnight stay at 5* London Marriott Hotel Twickenham

We are thrilled to announce a rugby-based Muscle Dream programme hosted by family charity The Muscle Help Foundation (MHF).

The group will be in one of Twickenham’s pitch-side enclosures amidst 82,000 spectators inside the largest dedicated rugby union venue in the world!

Accommodation will be provided on Friday 17 November at the stylish London Marriott Hotel Twickenham offering superb facilities. The hotel is very conveniently located as it is joined to Twickenham Stadium! Meals and refreshments are included and the charity will contribute towards any travel costs.


Friday 17 November

Early afternoon arrival (1:30/2pm) at hotel & check-in
Welcome tea, coffee & soft drinks
Opportunity to relax, unwind & meet your MHF hosts
Afternoon surprise!
Photo-shoot (group & individual photos) outside Twickenham Stadium
Celebratory Group Muscle Warrior Dinner

Saturday 18 November

Well-deserved lie-in
Enjoy a hearty full English breakfast
Opportunity to take in the atmosphere outside the hotel
Allowance for a light lunch will be given to each beneficiary family & their +1
Mid-afternoon room check-out with bags etc to MHF Host room
Head over to the stadium
After match ends, return to the hotel
Tea & light refreshments in MHF Host room
Departure and farewell from hotel at leisure


How to nominate

In 100 words or less, a 30secs film clip or a poem, tell us why you’d like to be chosen for this Rugby Muscle Dream experience.

Email nominations to: before the deadline Thursday 26 October

Should any potential beneficiaries have a learning disability, Mums and/or Dads and/or brothers / sisters etc are encouraged to help with the completion of a nomination – the more creative and fun, the better!


► You MUST include the full name & age (incl. date of birth) of the potential beneficiary + the one additional name of the person who will be accompanying the beneficiary

► You MUST include the following contact details, namely:
a) your email address
b) your telephone numbers (landline & mobile)

► You MUST tell us your t-shirt sizes – the charity has the following standard sizes available: S, M, L, XL, 2XL

► You MUST include the type of muscular dystrophy the potential beneficiary has

► You MUST tell us whether the potential beneficiary is a manual and/or electric wheelchair / powerchair user

► You MUST tell us how you heard about this opportunity

► Minimum age = 8yrs, maximum age = 28yrs

► The charity will inform successful nominees by phone within one week of the nominations deadline date ie. no later than Friday 3rd Nov 2017

► The charity’s decision is final

► Priority is given to young people who have NOT been the recipient of either a unique Muscle Dream or one of MHF’s Muscle Dream programmes in the last 2 years (24 months)

► Once families have been notified, a finalized schedule incl. timings, hotel location details & programme contact points will be emailed


Finer points


Detailed arrangements will be made for each beneficiary and their chosen family member/carer in conversation with the Marriott Hotel Twickenham.

Possession of portable hoists and slings (if required to for example enable ease of transfer into/out of different vehicle types, in addition to hoisting on/off beds & toilets) will need to be brought by families; the charity does NOT provide any equipment as part of its Muscle Dream activities.

Whilst the charity will do everything in their power to ensure that beneficiaries have a comfortable stay, mobility aids such as transfer boards and other equipment such as respirators, specialist mattress toppers, pressure relief cushions, wheelchair chargers etc are the beneficiaries / families responsibility.

Depending on bed types, some hotels will provide bed-risers (aka elephant feet) in order to heighten beds, allowing for the feet/legs of hoist systems to more easily gain access under a bed. With your help, the charity always does their best to ensure that the right bed solution is in place prior to your arrival.

The charity will ensure that for example the hotel room is accessible i.e. that there’s a wet-room / level access bathroom, that the bed configuration (whether DB/TW etc) is appropriate – they have a lot of experience working with different hotel operators and as such, will work closely with each family to ensure the best possible accommodation outcomes are achieved.

This programme may be filmed and photographed; the charity will require written consent by parents (for those under 18yrs). Appropriate consent forms will be provided.

For more information email

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