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Posted on Jun 7 2023 by Fiona Bailey

A total of £200 has been handed to fellow charity the Huntington’s Disease Association (HDA) which was raised by staff from St Andrew’s Healthcare.

The Neuropsychiatry Huntington’s Disease (HD) service team came together last month to host a charity bake sale which was held to mark Huntington’s Disease Awareness month.

Additionally, a breakfast seminar for external healthcare professionals was also held. Attendees were treated to bacon sandwiches while Dr Vincent Harding gave a presentation about cognition and HD.

Clinical professionals from Northampton Healthcare Foundation Trust (NHFT) and the University of Northampton (UoN) attended, as well as BBC Radio Northampton who interviewed HD patient Darran and Dr Harding about the voice banking service the charity has started to roll out.

HDA’s Specialist Advisor Scott Putman (third from the left) visited Walton ward to receive the cheque and to thank staff for their hard work.

He said: “It was great to meet the Walton ward team and receive the money they’d raised for the Huntington’s Disease Association. For them to organise and host this event on top of their busy working days was really appreciated.”

Cath Stanley, Chief Executive of the Huntington's Disease Association, said: "Thank you to St Andrew Healthcare for organising the seminars and cake sale as part of the Mindful of Huntington's campaign. Their dedication and commitment to raising awareness for Huntington's Disease have been truly invaluable to our community. The funds raised through the bake sake will help us to continue providing essential support to people affected by Huntington's Disease. Together we will build a better life for anyone affected by Huntington's disease."

Abbie Thorogood, Walton Nurse Manager, added: "We are proud to support the HDA and help to champion the needs of the Huntington's community by working together. The fact we got to buy and eat cake was a bonus."

Every year the HDA launches a specific campaign to raise awareness of the condition. This year, the focus was on the impact that cognitive impairment has for those people living with the disease, their family members and carers.

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