Carolyn Clark from Motherwell persuaded her friends to lace up their boots for this year’s Glasgow Kiltwalk, and raised more than £1000 for the Scottish Huntington’s Association.
She was joined on the trek by sister Gillian, cousin Eileen and friend Monica Bulloch on the 26-mile challenge.
The faulty gene that causes Huntington’s disease (HD), a degenerative neurological condition, runs in Carolyn’s husband’s family.
‘It’s such a devastating illness. I wanted to do the Kiltwalk to raise awareness of HD and raise some money for SHA & the amazing staff who help support families who have to live with the affects of the condition every day,’ said Carolyn.
‘We had so much fun on the day, but in the end it’s all about raising money so I would like to thank everyone for their contribution.’
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 or 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.
‘We have done fundraising in the past; my husband did a parachute jump raising around £1200. I think it’s really important that we continue to spread the word about the devastating impact HD can have, and continue to do all we can to raise money to support services for those impacted by HD, it’s such a worthwhile cause,’ added Carolyn.
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Picture shows (LtoR): Monica, Eileen, Carolyn and Gillian on the Kiltwalk.