Matthew Lanham - NeuroMuscular Centre, Winsford
PUBLISHED: 10:37 29 November 2019 | UPDATED: 10:37 29 November 2019
© Lisa Bretherick
The Chief Executive has transformed the profile of the NeuroMuscular Centre in Winsford which will celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2020,
Charities are nothing unless someone is willing to dedicate limitless time and energy to ensure people believe in their cause. Matthew Lanham is that someone.
He has transformed the profile of the NeuroMuscular Centre in Winsford, founded in 1990, during his 14 years as chief executive.
An enthusiastic, passionate and optimistic leader, he has pounded the streets 'on wet and windy evenings' to chat about the work of the centre, which helps a community of more than 1,550 adults with a range of 150 muscle-wasting conditions.
'We have just been steadily grinding away at it with hard work,' he explains. 'We go to school assemblies and clubs to talk to people. It takes energy but it's about our long-term sustainability.' The nationally important charity empowers people with neuro-muscular conditions to continue working and has even established a social enterprise company running graphic design services. It employs 15 people with neuromuscular conditions, with the profits ploughed back in to the charity. Moreover it is a place where someone's disability isn't their defining feature. 'People may be scared, anxious or depressed about their future' Matthew says.
'But when they come to us they say they feel as if they hang their disability on a peg at the door.'