Walk with Carmela

How to take part

1 Walk to work & share it on social media with #WalkWithCarmela

2 Text WALK to 70140 to donate your £3 fare

3 Encourage 5 friends to walk

Put yourself in Carmela’s shoes. 

At six years old she’d do anything to be out and about, but her LMNA congenital muscular dystrophy means she has to stay at home and shield, even from her own dad, who is a key worker.

Although Carmela finds it difficult to walk, even a short distance, over the course of a week, she is determined to walk around her garden to help raise £1 million for Muscular Dystrophy UK.

And she wants you to join her.

It’s quite simple. Shops and businesses are slowly starting to open up again. But we are encouraged to avoid busy public transport. 

So, all you have to do is walk to work, or the last part of your journey; and donate the money you save to MDUK. 

And when you do, you’ll be turned into an 8-bit character and join Carmela on the huge digital screen at London’s iconic Piccadilly Circus.

Go on. Feel the breeze, enjoy the sunshine and feel great knowing that, by donating the fare you’ve saved by walking, you could help provide a lifeline for the 70,000 people with muscle-wasting conditions. 

People like Carmela and her family.

Thank you!

Texts cost £3 plus one message at your standard network rate. Muscular Dystrophy UK will receive 100% of your donation. Make sure you obtain the bill payer’s permission. For further information, call 0300 012 0172.

About Carmela

Six-year-old Carmela Chillery-Watson has LMNA congenital muscular dystrophy. She is one of 70,000 people in the UK living with a muscle-wasting condition, has been in complete lockdown – called shielding – since March and cannot leave her house.

Even when lockdown eases and people begin to return to work or school, Carmela and many thousands like her will continue to stay shielded at home for many more months.

We’re asking you to walk the last bit of your journey to work for Carmela and all the people living with muscle-wasting condition, and donate your journey fare.

About Muscular Dystrophy UK

Muscular Dystrophy UK is the charity bringing individuals, families and professionals together to beat muscle-wasting conditions. We bring together more than 60 rare and very rare progressive muscle-weakening and wasting conditions, affecting around 70,000 children and adults in the UK.

You may have read in the news about the financial challenges charities are facing at this time, as COVID-19 continues to have an impact on everyday life. Sadly, Muscular Dystrophy UK is far from an exception. We have had to cancel or postpone a number of our events that generate a substantial amount of income, and estimate we will lose £2.8m as a result.

Our priority remains as it always has: making every day count for people with muscle-wasting conditions, as well as their families. We want to continue to offer this support, and we will do so for as long as we can. But we’re worried about what the future holds for us. Because without financial help – whether that’s from the Government or through other means – we will struggle to survive.

Visit our website for more information.