Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere becomes Muscular Dystrophy UK ambassador
Jack Wilshere shows the red card to muscular dystrophy as he prepares to tackle new ambassador role
Jack Wilshere has been named as Muscular Dystrophy UK’s new ambassador as the Arsenal midfielder pledged to help fight muscle-wasting conditions in his new role with the charity.
Wilshere first came into contact with the charity earlier this year when he met 10-year-old Archie Hill, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
Archie’s family has been campaigning with the charity for access to a vital new drug called Translarna. This pioneering treatment could allow children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy to stay walking for longer, and delay the need for a wheelchair.
“As a parent myself, I think about my own children and how it would feel to receive such life-changing news,” Wilshere said.
“Meeting Archie, Harry, Freya, and Auzair has been great – they are really inspiring young people. I can see the challenges that come with living with muscle-wasting conditions, and want to do all I can as ambassador for Muscular Dystrophy UK, to raise awareness of the charity’s work.
“I hope that one day in the future we are able to say there is a cure for children and adults living with these conditions.”
Wilshere played football and had a picnic with the youngsters and their families at Sopwell House, in Hertfordshire this week.