Keith thankful for all the support

Keith Swankie opened the fund-raising event in Morrisons last week.
Keith Swankie opened the fund-raising event in Morrisons last week.

An Arbroath man who suffers from a rare disease says he can’t thank people enough for helping to raise awareness of the condition.

Keith Swankie (42) has Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP), a degenerative condition caused by the progressive death of nerve cells in the brain.

But rather than sit back and do nothing, Keith has actively been raising awareness of PSP and several fund-raisers have been held in aid of the PSP Association.

And last week Morrisons supermarket, where Keith used to work held a two-day event in aid of the charity.

Activities included bag packing, a charity leg wax and cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats on an exercise bike.

In addition another fund-raiser, a fire walk over hot coals will take place at Arbroath United Cricket Club on Friday, April 25.

And with so many people willing to help out, Keith is grateful for all of their support.

He said: “I can’t thank everyone who has supported donated, helped and participated enough, especially when there are so many other illnesses and good causes in the town.”

He is also hoping to raise awareness of the disease in the Scottish Parliament and has already met with an MSP to discuss the issue.

He added: “I’m focusing on raising awareness with the Scottish Government and have got the question raised in Scottish Parliament but the response is woolly to say the least.”