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Neurological charity on lookout for volunteers

The only charity in the country supporting families living with the degenerative neurological condition Huntington’s disease (HD) is on the lookout for volunteers.

The Scottish Huntington’s Association needs help to run nits eBay shop and is looking for people to help across the country.

Based the charity is specifically looking for people with retail experience and knowledge of online selling. Expenses will be paid.

‘We are looking to build up our eBay shop but don’t have the resources at the moment, so we need help. Any local people who have access to car and who might be interested in helping out should get in touch,’ said SHA fundraising manager, Dougie Peddie.

‘The volunteer would help us collect and catalogue donated goods and sell them online, so a good working knowledge of computers is essential.’

The SHA supports families living with the condition through a team of HD specialists, a youth support service and a financial wellbeing helpdesk.

HD is an incurable genetic neurological condition that usually starts between the ages of 30 and 50 years. It causes three main groups of symptoms: changes to thinking processes – a type of early onset dementia, loss of muscle control and involuntary movements which lead to loss of speech and swallow and mental illness. As it progresses those affected will need 24 hour care. It is also hereditary with each child of those diagnosed at 50% risk developing the disease. There is no cure.

There are around 1100 people in Scotland living with HD and a further 5000 potentially at risk.

Anyone interested should contact Dougie on 0141 848 0308 or email d.peddie@hdscotland.org.

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