Charity urges locals to fund raise

Pictured is Linda on her own walk of hope.

Pictured is Linda on her own walk of hope.

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Throughout August, the Scottish Huntington’s Association (SHA) is appealing for people in Tayside to organise a Walk of Hope to raise some much needed funds.

The SHA, which is celebrating it’s 25th anniversary, is the only charity in the country that supports families affected by the degenerative brain condition Huntington’s disease (HD), and are calling on volunteers to lace up their walking boots.

Fund-raising coordination, Linda Byars, explained: “We’re not looking for everyone to organise a major expedition but that would be great if you could.

“Anything at all from a walk round the park to climbing a Munro can all make a huge difference to the support we can deliver to families living with Huntington’s disease.”

HD is a hereditary progressive condition that causes changes to muscle control, thinking processes and can cause long-term mental health issues. A child of someone diagnosed with HD is at 50 per cent risk of developing the condition. There is no cure.

Linda added: “There are around 5000 people potentially affected by this devastating condition across the country including many in Tayside. Any funds raised can make a huge difference to the quality of life of people we support.”

To find out how SHA can help you organise a walk, contact Linda on 0141 848 0308 or linda.byars@hdscotland.org