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Hot to trot total for firewalkers

Charity firewalkers presented a cheque for �8,445 to Keith Swankie and the PSP Association on Tuesday night at Arbroath Cricket Club.

Charity firewalkers presented a cheque for �8,445 to Keith Swankie and the PSP Association on Tuesday night at Arbroath Cricket Club.

Hot on the heels of their successful charity firewalk, volunteers handed over a significant donation to local man Keith Swankie and the PSP Association.

The group of 37 walked barefoot through red hot coals to raise money and awareness of the degenerative disease progressive supranucleur palsy (PSP), which affects Mr Swankie and around 4,000 people in the UK.

An overwhelming total of £8,445 was announced on Tuesday night at Arbroath Cricket Club.

Organiser and participant Christine Esslemont said: “That’s about double what we expected. When we first started off I thought if we got £4,000 we would be happy!”

Christine and Robert Beattie organised the event to try and raise awareness of the rare disease.

PSP is a rare and progressive condition in which brain cells become damaged over time.

It is not yet known what causes the condition but it can affect a person’s mobility, behaviour, speech and concentration.

The unusual fund-raising event took place on April 25 where the volunteers took part in a two-hour motivation seminar in preparation.

On behalf of the organisers and the PSP Association, thank you to: Robert Beattie, Christine Esslemont, Kenneth Esslemont, Kathleen Esslemont, Kevin Willox, Anne Gibson, Thomas Davies, William Ford, Liz Aitken, Lynne Parker, Nannette Torfs, Simone Keeley, Clare Evernden, Becky Medhurst, Glen Cargill, Chrissy Glass, Pamela Walsh, Steven Adams, Alan Esslemont, Kim Esslemont, Katie Stead, Davina Shepherd, James Collins, Claire Munro, Elaine Gibson, Gareth Griffin, Gail Bogue, Lucy Masson, Cheryl Willox, Debbie McDonald, Jordan Swankie, Jo Scott, James Rogers, Ryan McCormack, Hayley Wilkinson, Lucy Hunter, Tracey Greenhill.

 

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