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Posted on October 31st, 2005

Muscular Dystrophy Campaign Donation from PROjEN

As winners of the 2005 Bentley BE Award for Excellence for the ‘Adoption of New Technology’, PROjEN Project Management specialists have been recently presented with $1000 from Bentley Systems to donate to a charity of their choice.

It was during the Bentley BE Award ceremony, held in Baltimore, USA earlier this year that PROjEN’s Mechanical Engineering Manager, David Berry discovered that Gerry Wikeley’s teenage son Jonathan is a sufferer of Muscular Dystrophy- a progressive muscle wasting disease.

As the supplier of the technology that helped PROjEN to win the award, Mr Wikeley and his family were first in PROjEN’s thoughts when they discovered they would be receiving the $1000 to donate to a charity of their choice.

At present, Jonathan is in Year 11 and will be taking his GCSE’s next year and has ambitions to further his education in IT- a subject that really interests him. Jonathan also recently worked at Bentleys Sale office for his work experience placement, where he was involved in creating photo-realistic images of 3-D models.

Described as a typical teenager, into music, games and videos, Jonathan has had to rely heavily on family and friends to support him, which is where the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign has provided invaluable support. Offering both practical and emotional support, the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign has helped Jonathan cope with the many problems he encounters every day. Most notably, Jonathan has benefited from an electric wheelchair, donated by the Peter Allis foundation on behalf of MDC. The wheelchair allows Jonathan far more independence than would otherwise be possible and makes getting about far easier for the family.

Gerry Wikeley remarks, “Jonathan is very pleased to receive the donation on behalf of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, and hopes that the money will enable others with his condition to benefit from the support that the campaign offers. The campaign has been invaluable to our family in many ways, most notably in supplying Family Care officers who are our first point of contact if we have any problems. The intention is that the money donated by PROjEN will go straight to the MDC as they fund the research into possible cures”.

John Taylor, Managing Director of PROjEN comments, “As proactive fundraisers for numerous local charities, we were extremely pleased for the Wirral branch of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign to receive the $1000 donation after hearing of the support it has given to the Wikeley family”.

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