Jack Wilshere shows the red card to muscular dystrophy as he prepares to tackle new ambassador role

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Yesterday, Friday 29 May, Muscular Dystrophy UK announces Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere as its new ambassador. The footballer is pledging to help fight muscle-wasting conditions in his new role with the charity.

At an event this week to celebrate his new role, twenty-three-year-old Jack met four young people affected by muscle-wasting conditions. Jack played football and had a picnic with the youngsters and their families at Sopwell House, in Hertfordshire.

Jack first came into contact with the charity earlier this year when he met ten-year-old Archie Hill, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Archie’s family has been campaigning with the charity for access to a vital new drug called Translarna. This pioneering treatment could allow children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy to stay walking for longer, and delay the need for a wheelchair.

MDUK Jack Wilshere - Sopwell House 260515-47Jack Wilshere said:

“As a parent myself, I think about my own children and how it would feel to receive such life-changing news. Meeting Archie, Harry, Freya, and Auzair has been great – they are really inspiring young people. I can see the challenges that come with living with muscle-wasting conditions, and want to do all I can as ambassador for Muscular Dystrophy UK, to raise awareness of the charity’s work. I hope that one day in the future we are able to say there is a cure for children and adults living with these conditions.”

 

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