Charity support


Founded in August 1962 by Joseph Patrick and his wife Ruth, to provide grants to other charitable organisations, institutions or trusts, with particular support for Muscular Dystrophy.

Over the years, as the Trust’s financial position has strengthened, it has been able to diversify its grants to a wider range of charities.

In 2012 the Trust celebrated its 50th anniversary. During this time grants in excess of £5m have been allocated to registered charities.


Muscular Dystrophy UK

A personal area of interest for Joseph and Ruth was Muscular Dystrophy, after their son Andrew passed away at the age of 13 from the debilitating Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy disease. Joseph was so keen to assist in finding a cure for this terrible disease that he became a founder member of the charity known today as Muscular Dystrophy UK.

Over the years, the Patrick Trust, together with the Patrick family, has donated well over £3million to the charity of which £1m has been allocated to help fund the defining piece of research into Duchenne MD. The family has been a regular member of the board of trustees and various committees of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, and Julian, Joseph and Ruth’s grandson, is keeping this tradition alive today. For more information about the The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign please visit:

The Joseph Patrick Trust

Joseph passed away in the early 1980s and in recognition of his father’s achievements Alexander founded the Joseph Patrick Memorial Trust, later renamed the Joseph Patrick Trust.

The Joseph Patrick Trust (JPT) is the welfare trust of Muscular Dystrophy UK and provides part-funding towards the cost of equipment – such as powered wheelchairs, adapted computers and electric beds – for children and adults with muscle disease. Since it was established in 1986, the JPT has awarded over £5 million to more than 6,000 children and adults with muscle disease. For further information on how to apply for a grant please visit The Muscular Dystrophy UK site:

A selection of other supported charities

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