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Sweet smell of success for Glasgow Kelvin College students

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Students with additional support needs at Glasgow Kelvin College have sniffed out a way to raise money for charity, while helping them on their way towards a qualification.

Tasked with coming up with a project for the Fundraising and Enterprise module as part of their National 1 qualification the group, based on the college’s Easterhouse Campus, decided to make lavender bags that could be sold at the Scottish Huntington’s Association’s (SHA) up coming Ceilidh night.

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

The students have made around 130 bags that should raise about £300 to help with the charity’s work.

Angela Dickson, Lecturer in the Colleges Support for Learning Department said:

‘All the students have worked extremely hard coming up with, and then designing and making the bags. It was a lot of work individually hand painting the designs. I’m sure they’ll be snapped up on the night.’

SHA supports families through a national network of HD specialists; a world leading youth support team and its financial wellbeing service.

HD is a complex neurological 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 with a further 4,000 – 6,000 potentially at risk.

‘It’s been a great project to work on for the students and I’m sure we can team up with SHA again in the future to help with their work,’ added Angela

Tickets for the Ceilidh which is on March 16 in Pollokshaws Burgh Hall are still available from linda.winters@hdscotland.org 0141 848 0308 hdscotland.org/shaceilidh

Picture shows: Glasgow Kelvin College students show of some of their handiwork that will raise much needed funds for SHA.

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