Recently, one of our staff members, Tamsin Tann completed the Adidas Silverstone Half Marathon in aid of the Huntington’s Disease Association. Tammy’s initial fundraising target was £1,000, however with generous donations from family, friends and work colleagues she raised more than double that amount with the total currently standing at £2,040!
Tammy chose to raise money for the Huntingtons Disease Association as it’s a condition that has affected many members of her family, both directly and indirectly, including Tammy herself. Through her achievement in completing this half marathon Tammy hopes to raise not just money towards the charity, but also awareness of the disease.
Huntingtons Disease is a degenerative disorder which affects the central nervous system and is caused by a faulty gene on chromosome 4. There is a 50:50 chance of inheriting the illness from a parent who has tested positive for HD and anyone that inherits the faulty gene will, at some stage, develop the disease.
There is currently no cure for Huntington’s Disease but there are special diets to prevent weight loss, as well as speech therapy and drugs to help with symptoms. Money raised towards the Huntington’s Disease Association will help towards research into finding a cure.