Following an Association of Property Lenders (APL) fund raising dinner, co-sponsored by McBains, the APL have presented a cheque for £12,500 to Muscular Dystrophy UK.

Robert Meadowcroft, Chief Executive of Muscular Dystrophy UK, commented: “We are thrilled to receive the generous donation of £12,500 through the McBains sponsorship of the APL dinner.

“Since 2010 the APL has become an important and valued supporter and contributed over £60k to enable essential research to be conducted into Ullrich Congenital Muscular Dystrophy.

“Today there are genuinely promising developments taking place in research in rare muscle-wasting conditions and the continued support of APL enables us to accelerate our drive to find treatments and cures for all types of these conditions.

“I send my huge thanks to all involved, our vital work would not be possible without such generous support”.

Held on November 16, 2017, at Westminster Plaza Hotel, the APL dinner was attended by around 950 people. Guests were welcomed by APL President Neil Odom Haslett, who gave a short speech before dinner and entertainment by Rory Bremner.

The APL’s annual dinner is a key event in the industry’s calendar and a great fundraising occasion, generating large sums for its nominated charities each year.

This year’s event was co-sponsored by McBains, JLL and Berwin Leighton Paisner, with Muscular Dystrophy UK, Crisis, Cystic Fybrosis and Autistica as its nominated charities.

Michael Thirkettle, Chief Executive of McBains, commented: “We’re delighted that the APL dinner was not only enjoyed by so many but that it also continues to be such an invaluable fundraising event.

“Donations such as this to Muscular Dystrophy UK are vital in funding the research and clinical trials that are needed to find treatments and a possible cure, and are particularly critical at this time when researchers are entering a landmark era in the research and treatment of neuromuscular conditions”.

If you would like to find out more about Muscular Dystrophy UK and why it is such a worthy cause please visit

22nd February 2018

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