Derby charity awarded grant for training on rare health conditions

Derby charity myaware, has been presented with a grant of £2,500 from MAXIMUS Foundation UK to fund training to support patients with a rare condition called myasthenia.

Ruth Ingledew, Chief Executive of myaware, received the award from MAXIMUS Foundation trustee, Rob Winter. The charity provides advice and support for families of patients with myasthenia, which can result in patients struggling to eat, swallow and walk. The condition affects anyone, male or female, young or old.

The grant will be used by the charity to fund volunteer days during 2017, enabling the training of volunteers to support families.

The MAXIMUS Foundation UK was founded in 2015 with a remit of providing grants to local charities and non-profit organisations that support disadvantaged groups - particularly those contributing to personal growth and self-sufficiency in areas of health, employment and community development.

Marilyn Saunders, Chair of MAXIMUS Foundation UK, said: “Myasthenia is a serious but poorly known condition. For the people it affects, it’s life altering. Myaware does a tremendous job of raising awareness of this rare condition and providing support for those most in need. We’re delighted that our grant will help them train more volunteers.”

Ruth Ingledew, Chief Executive of myaware, said: “We’re very grateful to MAXIMUS Foundation UK for this grant, which will fund much needed training days for our volunteers. The effect of myasthenia on individuals and their families can be enormous, and they need information to manage these conditions.”

MAXIMUS Foundation UK has donated £85,000 in grants to charities and community groups in the last year. The Foundation has called for further grant applications from local charities and community organisations.


MAXIMUS Foundation UK

MAXIMUS is a health and employment services business and for more than forty years has worked with governments around the world to provide support to a diverse range of communities. In the UK, MAXIMUS employ 4,000 staff, including more than 2,000 doctors, nurses, occupational therapists and other Healthcare Professionals. Operating from more than 300 locations in the UK, MAXIMUS is one of the largest providers of employment, health and disability support programmes in the country.

Centre for Health and Disability Assessments, Health Management and Health & Human Services are all MAXIMUS UK businesses. In 2015 MAXIMUS entered a Joint Venture partnership with Remploy, the largest provider of disability employment services in the UK.

For further information or comment from Marilyn Saunders, please contact Chris Rogers (020 7793 2536 / 07720 054189 / or Mayar Raouf (020 7463 0698 /