A Tarves man has raised £3000 despite his original fundraising plans not going ahead.
Senior project engineer, Graeme Reid, had set out to complete the “Dalai Lama Trek Challenge”, but when he fell ill he couldn’t make the trip to Nepal.
Graeme decided to organise his own challenge and held a series of fundraisers each month over a six months. The events included bag packing at a supermarket, holding a car boot sale and a Chocolate Extravaganza which saw him raise over £1500.
The money will go towards helping those with Huntington’s Disease (HD).
Graeme impressed his employers, Bibby Offshore so much with his drive to help others, that they decided to match his fundraising total.
£3000 will be split equally between the two UK charities - The Huntington’s Disease Association and The Scottish Huntington’s Association.
Graeme said: “I lost a very close friend to this devastating condition and I saw first hand the impact it had on his wider family and the fantastic work that the charities involved like the SHA do in helping them cope.”
SHA’s North East fundraising coordinator, Paddy Ryan said: “As a small Scottish charity SHA depends heavily on the magnificent efforts of individuals like Graeme. We are always looking for more people to be involved.”
Currently there is no cure for HD and those who suffer the symptoms will eventually require 24 hour care.