The Tavistock Branch of the  Muscular Dystrophy Campaign

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Tavistock Branch's Respite Holiday

Tavistock Branch has successfully organised an annual respite holiday for local young people with MD for over 35 years. As funding allows, we take away around 14 guests, from a variety of social backgrounds, for a week of fun and entertainment. Volunteer helpers provide care for the guests and join in with the activities. In recent years we have stayed at a college in Hampshire which is suitably adapted for those with disabilities. Our guests and helpers also
meet at other times during the year to maintain contact and friendships, on a group and individual basis.

For those who have MD...
The Holiday is a valuable opportunity for the youngsters to get together with others who have MD and for once to not be the "odd one out". The week is also particularly important to those with MD in their late teens and early twenties who have left school / college and, as a result of their disability, lead very isolated lives. Those with Duchenne MD have to cope with the knowledge that their life will be short and can therefore become, understandably, very de-motivated. The Holiday becomes a highlight to look forward to in their year, bringing friendship and an opportunity to be independent from their family, important to all young people.

We invite young people with MD from around Devon and Cornwall, aged between 13 and 35 to join the Holiday. The exact composition of the group varies as sadly, due to individual guests' short life-expectancy, its make-up changes with time. The majority of our guests are in the 13 - 23 age range.

For their families...
The Holiday also provides respite for parents / carers who usually look after these young people day in, day out. This is precious time for them to rest and to devote time to siblings and other family members.

For our volunteers...
The Holiday is a unique experience for the young helpers involved, a chance to learn more about the needs of others in a fun environment and to build new friendships. It provides a grounding from which many past helpers have gone on to pursue a career in care / medicine. We take away around 20 young volunteer helpers, largely in the 16 - 30 age range.

Find out more about the Costs and Funding of our holiday project.


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Annual Events
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Tavistock MD Party
We hold a party each year -
usually in January. This is a great
chance for our MD members to
meet and thank our wonderful
supporters - and to have a good,
fun time together!
If you would like to come along
and meet the group,
please contact us.

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Each year we hold a
Collection Week
to raise funds for the
national Muscular Dystrophy
Campaign. This usually takes
place in June and we are always
looking for more volunteers to
help collect - either through
our house-to-house collection or
for an hour in town on Flag Day.
Please contact us if you
are able to help.
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