Generous staff and customers from Paisley’s Bankhouse pub kicked off a full day of fundraising with a football match and at the final whistle raised more than £1000 for a local charity.
The match, at Ralston Community Sports Centre, was followed by a open mic comedy night in the pub, all in aid of the Scottish Huntington’s Association (SHA).
After a close fought contest the Bankhouse staff just edged the punters’ team winning 5-4.
Organised by pub regular Michael Powell, he was keen to show support for the SHA, the only Paisley based charity with a national focus.
“The work the SHA does to support families across the whole country is a credit to the town and we wanted to help out in some way to show our appreciation,” said Michael.
“We are all keen supporters of St Mirren and run the supporters bus from the pub, so a football match seemed like the obvious way to show support.”
The SHA is the only charity in the country that works with families affected by the degenerative brain disorder Huntington’s disease (HD) providing lifeline services, including specialist nurses, the world’s only HD youth support service and a financial wellbeing team.
HD is a hereditary progressive condition that causes changes to muscle control, thinking processes and long term mental health issues. The average age of onset is between 33 and 45 and those living with the condition will require 24 hour care as it progresses into its later stages. Each child of someone diagnosed with HD is at 50% risk of developing the condition themselves. There is no cure. The charity works with around 1100 families across Scotland.
“Many thanks to the Bankhouse staff and regulars we really appreciate the support we get from local people,” said SHA fundraising manager, Dougie Peddie. “The money will be put to good use improving the lives of families affected by this devastating disease in Renfrewshire and across the country.”
More information about the SHA at www.hdscotland.org