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Scottish Huntington’s Association


Charities switch on to new fundraising opportunity

Two Renfrewshire charities are switching on to a new way of raising much needed funds – and helping the environment while they are at it.

Lochwinnoch based Local Energy Action Plan (LEAP) and Paisley’s Scottish Huntington’s Association (SHA) have been gifted 4000 energy saving lightbulbs which they are now selling to generate income.


LEAP works with communities across rural Renfrewshire to help save local residents money by providing free impartial advice on insulation, draught proofing, heating, renewable energy generation, grants and subsidies. On average their Home Energy Checks and advice have already saved over 600 local households up to 13% on their utility bills.

SHA is the only charity in the country supporting the estimated 1100 people living with the degenerative neurological condition Huntington’s disease (HD).

HD is a hereditary progressive condition that causes changes to muscle control, thinking processes and can cause long-term mental health issues. Those living with the condition will require 24 hour care as it progresses into its later stages and each child of someone diagnosed with HD is at 50% risk of developing the condition themselves. There is currently no cure.

SHA’s ebay coordinator David McNiven said:

“These lightbulbs will be a great addition to the stock that we have in our ebay shop. We are always looking for interesting donations so if you are having a post festive clear out, do keep us in mind. If anyone wants to support us by buying a light bulb and do their bit for the environment they can find us at stores.ebay.co.uk/hdscotland.”

David can be contacted at david.mcniven@hdscotland.org. For more information on LEAP see www.myleapproject.org.

The lightbulbs were gifted by Nationwide Energy Consultants Utilities Ltd.