For young people growing up in a family affected by Huntington's disease (HD), it can feel like the odds are stacked against them making the right support crucial to protecting their health and wellbeing. Not only do they witness the decline of their parent’s mood, movement and mental health, they know that they themselves are at 50% risk of going on to develop the disease and its symptoms. This reality takes its toll on our young people, with three in four reporting self-harm behaviours, a lack of self-esteem, low mood, anxiety and depressive traits.
Having a family member living with HD places a lot of responsibility on young shoulders, with 80% of the young people we support having caring responsibilities and many being relied upon to help look after younger siblings.
I'm delighted to win! I started playing Lucky Lotto not long after my sister-in-law Elaine was diagnosed with HD. Elaine was incredible but she sadly passed away earlier this year.
Her two girls, my nieces, are at risk and I know how important the support is to them and families across Scotland. I like to do what I can by playing Lucky Lotto and fundraising. Elaine's smile would be so big knowing I've been lucky and won!
- Elizabeth Anderson, Lucky Lotto player
"I play because I want to win. I get to see where my money goes so I know my monthly donation will be used well by the charity! The youth service do such a fantastic job so even if I don’t win, supporting them is a bonus."
-Melissa Higgins, Lucky Lotto player
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