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Skydivers wanted for charity jump

Anyone who has ever fancied free falling from 10,000 feet can now realise their dream and raise some much need cash for a good cause.

The Scottish Huntington’s Association (SHA) is on the lookout for daredevils across the country to take part in a charity sky dive.

The charity is the only one in the country that supports families impacted by the degenerative neurological condition Huntington’s disease (HD) and is looking for people willing to take the plunge to help raise funds.

“This is great opportunity to experience one of the ultimate adrenalin rushes, hurtling through the sky at 120 mph with the added advantage of raising our profile and some money to help fund our work,” said SHA community fundraiser, Linda Winters.

The 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 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.

The sky dive takes place at Strathallan Airfield, Perthshire on May 11 next year.

The SHA is asking jumpers to commit to raising a minimum of £450. Please contact Linda to register on 0141 848 0308 or email

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