Morrisons charity weekend in aid of Keith

Keith Swankie, who suffers from PSP with wife Sheelagh.
Keith Swankie, who suffers from PSP with wife Sheelagh.

Staff at Morrisons Supermarket are holding a fund-raising weekend after their former manager was diagnosed with a rare neurological condition.

Keith Swankie was diagnosed with Progressive Sparanuclear Palsy (PSP) in 2009.

The disease is caused by the progressive death of nerve cells in the brain. Over time, people diagnosed with PSP are robbed of the ability to walk, talk, feed themselves or communicate effectively.

Leanne McRitchie, community champion at the store, has organised a massive event to help raise money for the PSP Association, (PSPA) a charity which advises and supports people affected by PSP.

Today (Friday) colleagues and brave members of the public will take part in a leg wax at 2.30 p.m. and local school Timmergreens Primary will be bag packing between 10 a.m. and 12 noon.

The local firefighting team will be taking part in a charity car wash between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday).

Throughout the weekend, there will be a series of bag packers helping customers with their shopping. Prizes will be given for winning a raffle and correctly guessing the number of sweets in a jar.

An exercise bike and cross trainer will also be in the foyer of the store inviting staff and customers to cycle between Land’s End and John O’Groats, a total of 874 miles or 1,406 km.

Friends and family of Keith Swankie will be getting involved throughout the weekend and helping to bag pack on the Sunday.

The extravaganza will start at 10 a.m. this morning (Friday) and will be opened with the help of Keith cutting a ceremonial ribbon.

For more information about the event or to see how you can get involved, contact Leanne McRitchie on 07773 552086

If you would like more information about PSP and the support available you can do so via their website