Char­ity cy­clists to cross seven­teen river bridges

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Cy­clists search­ing for a New Year char­ity chal­lenge are be­ing urged to cross all 17 bridges over the River Clyde from Dal­marnock to Bowl­ing.

The‘Ride the Clyde’35-mile chal­lenge has been or­gan­ised by Scot­tish Hunt­ing­ton’s As­so­ci­a­tion (SHA), the only char­ity in the coun­try sup­port­ing fam­i­lies with the de­gen­er­a­tive neu­ro­log­i­cal con­di­tion Hunt­ing­ton’s dis­ease (HD).

“This is a chance to get to see parts of the river that you just don’t nor­mally get the op­por­tu­nity to,”said SHA fundrais­ing man­ager, Dougie Ped­die.

“It is a great fam­ily day out and ev­ery penny raised will help im­prove the lives of peo­ple liv­ing with HD.”

Ev­ery­one tak­ing part is be­ing asked to raise £99, money that will be used to fund the SHA’s 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 a 50 per cent risk of de­vel­op­ing the dis­ease. There is no cure.

It is es­ti­mated there are around 1100 peo­ple liv­ing with HD in Scot­land and up to 6000 po­ten­tially at risk.

“The Clyde’s cy­cle­way is a hid­den gem and of­fers the chance to take a trip down the his­tory of the river while rais­ing some much needed funds,” said Dougie.

Ride the Clyde takes place on Sun­day, March 31. To regis­ter con­tact Dougie on 0141 848 0308 or email dougie.ped­[email protected]­scot­

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