Scottish Huntington’s Association (SHA) was established in 1989 by families living with the progressive, genetic, neurological condition, Huntington’s disease (HD). The charity was established by families because, as with many rare diseases, there was a vacuum of support from health and social care services.
The Pixel Fund has generously supported music therapy for people living with Huntington’s Disease at the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability. Huntington’s Disease is an inherited, degenerative, neurological condition which causes damage to nerve cells in the brain and can affect movement, cognition (perception, awareness, thinking, judgement) and behaviour. There is no cure for Huntington’s Disease however recent research at the RHN has focused on the potential of therapies such as music therapy and therapeutic gardening to help maintain cognitive skills and to improve emotional wellbeing.
The Pixel Fund is generously donating towards our Northern Hub project. The Northern Hub is a response to the continued increase in demand for YoungMinds services nationwide. Although our remit is UK-wide, our head office is based in London. Due to travel times and costs, we have limited delivery outside London and theSouth East, with work we have delivered usually being on an ad-hoc basis through temporary contracts. Pixel are helping us reach communities in need in the North of England.
Meningitis is a devastating disease – one in ten people who contract bacterial meningitis will die and many more are left with life changing after effects. The Pixel Fund has supported a ground breaking research project to investigate why some people are more susceptible than others to meningitis by comparing the genetic blueprint of patients with meningococcal disease alongside the genetic blueprint of the particular bacterium that cause their illness.