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Charity calls on cyclists to Ride the Clyde 

Cyclists on the look out for a New Year charity challenge are being urged to cross all 17 bridges over the River Clyde from Dalmarnock to Bowling.

The ‘Ride the Clyde’ 35-mile challenge has been organised by Scottish Huntington’s Association (SHA), the only charity in the country supporting families with the degenerative neurological condition Huntington’s disease (HD).

‘This is a chance to get to see parts of the river that you just don’t normally get the opportunity to,’ said SHA fundraising manager, Dougie Peddie.

‘It is a great family day out and every penny raised will help improve the lives of people living with HD.’

Everyone taking part is being asked to raise just £99, money that will be used to fund the SHA’s network of HD specialists; a world leading youth support team and its financial wellbeing service.

HD is a complex neurological 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 eventually lose the ability to walk, talk, eat, drink or make decisions and will eventually need 24 hour care. It is also hereditary with each child of those diagnosed at 50% risk developing the disease. There is no cure.

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

‘The Clyde’s cycleway is a hidden gem giving riders the chance to take a trip down the history of the river while raising some much needed funds,’ said Dougie.

Ride the Clyde takes place on Sunday, March 31, to register contact Dougie on 0141 848 0308 or email dougie.peddie@hdscotland.org

Watch a short video of the route

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