Locals asked to host a tea party in aid of charity

Brechiners are being urged to serve up a cup of tea and a dose of charitable goodness in aid of Scottish Huntington’s Association (SHA).

The association is calling on residents in Brechin and Angus to share their support throughout February.

Fund-raising tea parties are being organised by the charity across the country to help raise vital cash to help SHA improve the care they provide to families affected by the degenerative brain condition, Huntington’s disease.

Linda Byars, the charity’s community fund-raising officer, said: “February is a miserable month so we thought this would be a great social way to bring people together to have a tea or coffee, a cake and a chat.

“These don’t need to be elaborate affairs, just something simple for friends and neighbours or maybe if you are in a club something a bit bigger, all that matters is that you have fun and raise funds.”

Scottish Huntington’s Association is the only charity in Scotland that supports families of those with the condition.

Huntington’s disease is a hereditary progressive condition that causes changes to muscle control, thinking processes and may cause long-term mental health issues.

The average age of onset is between 33 and 45, there is currently no cure for HD.

Those living with the condition will require 24 hour care as it progresses into its later stages and each child of someone diagnosed with HD is at 50 per cent risk of developing the condition themselves.

The disease could impact as many as 5000 people across Scotland.

Linda commented: “The people of Brechin have been great supporters of SHA in the past and I’m sure they will get behind this initiative and raise a cup for us.”

All funds raised at the events will help to fund a team of Huntington’s disease specialists that provide lifeline services to families of those with the condition.

Anyone interested in organising a tea party should contact Linda on 0141 848 0308.

You can also email her at linda.byars@hdscotland.org to see how she might support your fund-raising efforts.