On your bike to raise cash for Huntington’s sufferers

Mountain bikers from Milngavie and Bearsden are being asked to turn their pedal power into cash to help improve the lives of families living with the degenerative brain disorder Huntington’s disease (HD).

The Scottish Huntington’s Association is looking for volunteers to cycle the 80 miles of the UK’s longest off road cycle track along the Great Glen from Inverness to Fort William.

It takes place over three days - September 20-22 - and bikers need to raise a minimum of £600 to take part, but all food and accommodation for the trip is included.

Fundraising manager Joan Littlejohn said: “This is a great opportunity to cycle one of Britain’s great bike routes and raise cash to help families affected by this devastating condition.”

HD is a hereditary progressive condition that causes changes to muscle control, thinking processes and can cause long term mental health issues.

The average age of onset is between 33 and 45 and those living with the condition will require 24 hour care as it progresses into its later stages.

Each child of someone diagnosed with HD is at a 50 per cent risk of developing the condition themselves and there is no cure.