Turn pedal power into cash and help the Scottish Huntington’s Association

CAP-CITY,BILL HENRY, DREW (WORDS) 15/07/01, MOUNTAIN  BIKING  IN  THE  PEEBLES  AREA  AT  GLENTRESS  COUNTRY  PARK. HERE  WE  SEE  TRAIL  BIKER  TRAIL DESIGNER PETER LAING  JOINED  BY  ALISON  GRAY  OF  TEAM  CALEDONIA (EDINBURGH).

CAP-CITY,BILL HENRY, DREW (WORDS) 15/07/01, MOUNTAIN BIKING IN THE PEEBLES AREA AT GLENTRESS COUNTRY PARK. HERE WE SEE TRAIL BIKER TRAIL DESIGNER PETER LAING JOINED BY ALISON GRAY OF TEAM CALEDONIA (EDINBURGH).

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Mountain bikers from the Brechin area are being asked to turn pedal power into cash to help the lives of those living with Huntington’s disease.

To help raise money to improve to lives of families living with the degenerative brain disorder the Scottish Huntington’s Association is looking for volunteers to cycle 80 miles ailing the UK’s longest off-road cycle track.

The route takes bikers from along the Great Glen from Inverness to Fort William.

Taking place from September 20 to 22, bikers are required to raise a minimum of £600 to take part. However all food and accommodation on the trip is included.

“This is a great opportunity to cycle one of Britain’s great bike routes and raise cash to help families affected by this devastating condition,” said the charity’s fund-raising manager, Joan Littlejohn.

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

“The average age of onset is between 33 and 45 years and those living with the condition will require 24 hour care as it progresses into its later stages.

“Each child of someone diagnosed with Huntington’s disease is at a 50 per cent risk of developing the condition themselves.

“There is no cure.”

Joan added: “We are the only charity in the country offering support to Huntington’s disease families.

“Through providing specialist nurses, our youth support team and our wellbeing volunteers we are helping to improve the everyday lives of people impacted by Huntington’s disease and every penny raised will go towards funding this work.

Anyone interested in taking part should contact Joan Littlejohn or Linda Byars on 0141 848 0308.

For more information on the charity and its work visit www.hdscotland.org.