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Tayside treasure hunt for Huntington’s disease

Scotland’s leading neurological charity is calling on Tayside families to look out their map and compass for a fundraising treasure hunt.

Organised by the Scottish Huntington’s Association, the only charity in the country supporting families living with the degenerative condition Huntington’s disease (HD), it will take in some of the most stunning scenery in the country.

The 50 mile route starts in Pitlochry before heading north to Blair Atholl, west to Tummel Bridge before heading south to Aberfeldy and looping back to the starting point.

Contestants will be asked to carry out a series of tasks along the way with a variety of prizes on offer.

HD is a genetic condition with those affected becoming symptomatic 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 currently no cure.

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

‘There is probably nowhere better to have treasure hunt. Perthshire really has some of the best scenery in the country. So why not bring the family along, take in the scenery and have some fun along the way,’ said SHA fundraising manager, Dougie Peddie.

The treasure hunt takes place on Saturday, October 14 contact Dougie on dougie.peddie@hdscotland.org or call 0141 848 0308 to book a place.

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