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Beth takes to the sky in daredevil charity stunt

A  daredevil wing walk has raised £1400 for a charity devoted to helping people with an incurable neurological condition.

Beth Christie from Ladybank took to the sky to raise money for the Scottish Huntington’s Association (SHA), the only charity in the country supporting families impacted by the degenerative disorder Huntington’s disease (HD).

SHA is charity close to Beth’s heart.

‘My dad had HD and passed away five years ago and I am at risk of potentially developing the condition as well, so I know how important the work of the SHA is to those impacted by this disease,’ said Beth.

In total Beth has raised over £4400 in memory of her father and completing three sky dives as well as the wing walk.

SHA supports HD families through a national network of specialists, a world leading youth support team and its financial wellbeing service.

HD is a complex condition with symptoms that typically begin to develop between the ages of 30 and 50. 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, along with mental illness. Those impacted by HD may lose the ability to walk, talk, eat, drink and make decisions and will eventually need 24 hour care. It is also hereditary with each child of those diagnosed at 50% risk of developing the disease. There is currently no cure.

It is estimated there are around 1100 people living with HD in Scotland and up to 6000 potentially at risk.

‘SHA has helped my family since I was around ten years old and I want to give back. The wing walk was a great experience, I really enjoy the adrenaline from extreme sports, I always say nothing scares me as much as HD itself,’ added Beth.

SHA has range of exhilarating fundraising events over the year and is always interested in getting new people involved. Contact  Gemma.powell@hdscotland.org0141 848 0308.

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