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Help row the Clyde for Huntington’s disease

Volunteers are being invited to join Olympic medallist and World Champion rower, Sarah Winckless, to help her row the length of the River Clyde for charity.

As Patron of the Scottish Huntington’s Association (SHA), she has has teamed up with Clydesdale Amateur Rowing Club to organise the 176 km challenge.

SHA are the only charity in the country supporting families living with the degenerative neurological condition, Huntington’s disease (HD),

Sarah is asking people to join her to do a half-hour session on one of the club’s static rowers, to help her reach the river’s total length.

‘We are looking to get as many people as possible involved and are asking each to do as many kilometres as they can. Whether you are an experienced rower or a novice come along and help us reach a combined total of 176km,’ said Sarah.

The SHA are asking rowers to raise £20 per km rowed to help them with their work in supporting HD families through a national network of specialists; a dedicated youth support team and their financial wellbeing service.

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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 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 currently no cure.

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

Clydesdale Amateur Rowing Club was founded in 1857 by Glasgow businessman, James Henry Roger owner of the Bodego wine shop in Exchange Place now better known as the Rogano Restaurant.

Volunteers from the club will be one hand to give tips and coaching advice over the course of the day.

‘We are delighted to be involved with this challenge which as well as hopefully raising lots of funds for a great cause, will also introduce some new faces to rowing. It will be great family day out to find out more about this great sport,’ said Club President Stella Hawthorne.

Row the Clyde starts at 10am at the boathouse on Glasgow Green, Sunday, May 13. To register your place contact Dougie Peddie 0141 808 0308 or email dougie.peddie@hdscotland.org.

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