Huntington’s Disease Awards night

As part of ongoing work we do with the Huntington’s Disease Association we attended the HDA’s volunteer night. We were so inspired by all the winners that we asked the HDA to write a piece about them for our blog.

The nominees were: Charles Shetcliffe/Jamie Lake/Olive Arnold/Kerton Family/Margaret Sutherland/Michelle Carlaw and Frank Allen.

The winners were: 

 Inspiring Volunteer: Kerton Family 

The Kerton family from Northumberland have been taking part in the Great North Run on our behalf for over 5 years.

2014 was a special year for the family as three generations, grandad Edwin, father Stewart and granddaughter Ellis, were finally able to all take part together – a day they had all looked forward to for many years. In 2015 Stewart’s wife Amanda donned her trainers to join the team and again they raised a huge amount of money. 

In addition to their annual Great North Run challenge, the family organise local events to raise extra funds and most importantly awareness.

Through the awareness they have raised in their local community, they have inspired friends to join the team for the 2016 Great North Run, growing their fantastic team of volunteer fundraisers.  Granddaughter Ellis has certainly got the running bug and along with Stewart will be taking part in the Morpeth to Newcastle marathon this year as well. 

 The Kertons’ passion, spirit and dedication to supporting the HDA is astounding – thank you! 

 Inspiring Volunteer: Michelle Carlaw 

Runner Michelle Carlaw,  in Northamptonshire, braved 26.2 miles of blisters to take part in the 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon as part of Team HDA.

In preparation for the marathon, Michelle completed a number of shorter distances and extremely challenging obstacle courses.

In between the hours and miles of training in the lead up to the event, Michelle organised over 15 fundraising events, including bag packs at local supermarkets, coffee mornings, raffles, a sports day at her daughter’s school and even a ‘pamper and prosecco evening. During the lead up to Christmas she created bags of reindeer feed to sell to friends and family and donated 10% of her income from her cake making business. 

 Michelle showed incredible commitment to fundraising in the lead up to the marathon and raised significant funds and awareness for the HDA – thank you Michelle.

 Friend of the HDA Alex Reid 

Alex is an IT Professional who has been assisting the HDA by building a bespoke database for our advisers to securely record client records. This piece of work has transformed how the charity works – so we are extremely grateful to Alex for his pro bono work to ensure the HDA has a reliable and safe way to store information.