Move a Mountain for Muscles
On Saturday 1st July, a number of Leeds United Supporters’ Trust members will be climbing Mount Snowdon in North Wales. One of these will be Martin Hywood.
Martin is no ordinary Trust member, he is an Honorary member, and was voted as the Trust’s Member of the Year at our end of season awards. Martin suffers from Muscular Dystrophy, a muscle-wasting condition which means he is slowly losing the ability to walk. In recent years, Martin has secured many thousands of pounds to fund research into his condition; not to help himself, sadly it is too late to do that, but to find new ways to treat the condition so that future generations don’t suffer the debilitating pain that he now does.
Many Leeds United fans will know Martin. He is a regular matchday attendee at Elland Road and is always in the Old Peacock before games. He has also taken part in many high profile fundraising events over the last few years, but on Saturday he is facing by far the biggest challenge of his life.
The 4.5 mile route up to the top of Mount Snowdon is a huge task in any conditions, but for Martin every single step will be an obstacle he has to face and overcome. He will be surrounded by around 30 friends and family, all of whom are walking to the top with him.
We will get him there.
It doesn’t matter how long it takes, or how we do it, but we will get Martin to the top of that mountain. That is because our motivation is the money we are raising, the hours of research we can fund, and also because Martin is a true inspiration, someone who really spurs us on – someone we couldn’t possibly let down.
At present, there are around 12 Leeds United Supporters’ Trust members doing the walk, plus Jon Howe and Gary Devonport from the board itself. The Trust feels that in the circumstances it would like to make a donation from our membership funds to Martin’s Just Giving page (https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/musclesmatter1).
The Leeds United Supporters’ Trust is a not-for-profit organisation, and as we have improved our membership numbers significantly since the last AGM in October 2016, we do have limited funds to donate to projects such as this. However, we are also aware that there are many very worthy charitable causes out there, and many that have particular resonance with Leeds United fans, for all sorts of reasons.
As a result of this, and because of the direct link to the Trust, we hope that our members will agree that Martin’s charity is a suitable cause to receive the Trust’s donation and support in 2017. At the 2017 AGM in October we will ask our members to submit suggestions for a new charity we can support and donate to in 2018.
In the meantime, please support Martin and the rest of his group in this challenge on Saturday, we will be posting photos after the event and also recording interviews for future podcast recordings.