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Jock & Friends Step Up for HD Families

Jock Kiltwalk

SHA has received a wonderful gift from friends in Moray to the Stay Home and Step Up Coronavirus crisis appeal.

Their donation of £760.65 comes with a message of support to Scotland’s HD community: “We’re thinking of you all right now, please know you’re not alone.”

As Jock Anderson, a founder member of the Moray Support Group, explains: 

“The money was for local group activities but now it feels right to donate to Stay Home and Step Up instead. These are difficult times for everyone and by supporting SHA, we’re able to help more families. It’s also a chance to give back because, over the years, SHA has always been there for our HD community.”

Jock’s relationship with the charity goes back to when he cared for his late wife Maureen, who died of Huntington’s disease in 1997. Two of their three daughters – Lynn and Judith – are symptomatic, while Jackie has tested negative. 

As a family, including Jock’s second wife Alison, the Andersons seize every opportunity to do what they can to raise awareness and funds. At Jock’s 70th birthday party, which took place before the Coronavirus lockdown, a collection bucket was filled to the brim by generous guests. Jock also completed last year’s Kiltwalk, and the total was topped up by his sister Diane, who collects donations in return for giving quilting and craft demonstrations at local clubs.

We thank Jock and the Moray Support Group for their kindness, which comes at a time when families are relying on SHA more than ever. Our services are being stretched while funding, including money raised by SHA-led events and community volunteers, has fallen.

By joining Stay Home and Step Up, you will help SHA to reach every HD family in Scotland with lifeline support during these critical times.

Every gift, big or small, makes a real difference – please donate today or visit Stay Home and Step Up to find out about our fun fundraising challenges.

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