Fundraisers with a head for heights stepped off the edge of the Falkirk Wheel and raised more than £10,000 for the Scottish Huntington’s Association (SHA).
Twenty eight volunteers took on the challenge of abseiling down the 150 feet iconic structure to raise funds for the charity that supports families living with the degenerative brain disorder Huntington’s disease (HD).
‘It was great day with just a few of us requiring some gentle coaxing to take the initial step off. The views coming down were fantastic and everyone is delighted that we were able to raise so much for such a great cause,’ said abseiler Marie Short from Maddiston.
HD is an incurable genetic brain disorder that usually starts between the ages of 35 and 45 years. It begins with personality changes that can make those diagnosed aggressive, anxious and depressed. The disease progresses slowly, with changes to muscle control that slowly erodes mobility and the ability to talk. As it progress those affected will need 24 hour care. It is also hereditary with each child of those diagnosed at 50% risk of developing the disease. There is no cure.
The SHA is the only charity in the country supporting families living with HD, through a team of specialist nurses, the world’s only HD youth support service and a financial wellbeing helpdesk.
‘The needs of families living with this condition are varied and complex and every penny raised will help towards improving everyday lives of people impacted by HD in the Falkirk area and beyond. Thanks to everyone for their fantastic effort,’ added SHA community fundraising officer, Linda Winters.
Anyone interested in fundraising for the SHA should contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call her on 0141 848 0308.
Picture shows: The jubilant group celebrates after their successful abseil.