Sky­divers wanted for char­ity jump

Argyllshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

Are you look­ing for an en­thralling chal­lenge? And to maybe help some lives along the way? Any­one who has ever fan­cied free-fall­ing from 10,000 feet can now re­alise their dream and raise some much needed cash for a good cause.

The Scot­tish Hunt­ing­ton’s As­so­ci­a­tion (SHA) is on the look­out for dare­dev­ils in Ar­gyll­shire to take part in a char­ity sky­dive.

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

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

The SHA sup­ports Hunt­ing­ton’s dis­ease fam­i­lies through a na­tional net­work of spe­cial­ists, a world lead­ing youth sup­port team and its fi­nan­cial well­be­ing ser­vice.

Hunt­ing­ton’s 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 Hunt­ing­ton’s 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 per cent risk de­vel­op­ing the dis­ease. There is cur­rently no cure.

It is es­ti­mated there are around 1,100 peo­ple liv­ing with Hunt­ing­ton’s in Scot­land and up to 6,000 po­ten­tially at risk.

The sky­dive takes place at Strathal­lan Air­field, Perthshire, on May 11, 2019.

The SHA is ask­ing jumper to com­mit­ted to rais­ing a min­i­mum of £450. Please con­tact Linda to reg­is­ter on 0141 848 0308 or email linda. win­[email protected]­scot­land.org

Oban mum Fiona Ben­nett tried sky­div­ing above Glen­rothes to help refugees in Iraq in July.

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