Simplyhealth supports charity blazing the way forward for muscle-wasting conditions

Simplyhealth is helping Muscular Dystrophy UK by supporting two key projects to raise awareness of issues affecting people with muscle-wasting conditions.

The UK’s leading cash plan provider donated £35,000 to help give people with muscular dystrophy independence through providing grants for assistive technology. The funding covers EyeGaze systems; eye and voice controlled life-transforming technology, which is estimated to help 1,800 people in the UK with the condition. 

Assistive technology has a huge role to play in increasing independence for disabled people. However, we know that nearly three-quarters of people with muscle-wasting conditions are missing out, because they cannot afford to cover the costs. A third feel isolated as a result. 

The grants that we provide with the help of Simplyhealth, allow severely disabled people, of all ages, the opportunity to work, study, learn and interact with others in their own time, without having to rely on carers.
Nic Bungay, Director of Campaigns, Care and Information for Muscular Dystrophy UK

Simplyhealth’s donation builds on a £71,315 grant given by the firm in 2015, to support Trailblazers, Muscular Dystrophy UK’s national network of young campaigners, for another year. The 600-strong group tackles social issues affecting disabled people, such as access to higher education, employment and leisure opportunities. 

Sarah Ford, Chair of Simplyhealth Charitable Committee
We’ve been supporters of Muscular Dystrophy UK for a number of years. Supporting a charity which actively promotes people making the most of life is something that we are extremely proud to be a part of. The Trailblazers and Eyegaze projects alone demonstrate the innovative ways in which the charity seeks to encourage independence for those living with muscle-wasting conditions every day. We look forward to working with Muscular Dystrophy UK on these exciting projects.
Sarah Ford, Chair of Simplyhealth Charitable Committee