Staff at the Ayr branch of solicitors Digby Brown have raised a staggering £6000 for The Lauren Currie Twilight Foundation, a local vasculitis charity based in Kilmarnock.
Digby Brown nominated LCTF as their local charity of the year and throughout 2016 raised funds by organising a regular dress-down Friday, hamper prize draws, and bake sales. The Digby Brown team also ran the Vasculitis Awareness 5k in June at Dean Castle Country Park.
The Lauren Currie Twilight Foundation was set up in 2010 by Grant and Adrienne Currie in memory of their daughter Lauren who died of Wegener’s Granulomatosis, a form of vasculitis., they fund and run support groups throughout Scotland as well as an online support forum. The charity also fund The Twilight Cabin, a respite cabin near Oban, for vasculitis patients and their families. The charity organises events around Scotland raising awareness and funds for support services and medical research. Their marquee event is The Black & Red Ball. Held in September each year to mark Lauren’s birthday, this fundraiser has hosted the likes of Shayne Ward, Five and Nicholas McDonald in previous years.
“We are delighted to receive this generous donation from Digby Brown. Having businesses fundraise for smaller, local charities such as ourselves is hugely important. Thanks to everyone involved at Digby Brown, Ayr for their hard work and dedication to our charity – this donation will go a long way.
Our aim is that every person diagnosed with vasculitis in Scotland and the UK will be aware of, and can access the services we provide along with their carers, friends and family” – Grant Currie, Co-founder and Trustee.
2017 is shaping up to be an exciting year for The Lauren Currie Twilight Foundation. As well as being a charity partner for The Nicest Job in Britain 2017, they will be hosting their first wellbeing and self-management residential course. This event will take place in early May and is open to vasculitis patients and carers.
Vasculitis it is a rare, auto-immune condition that can be very dangerous if left undiagnosed. It can be difficult to identify. There are about 15 ‘variants’ of the condition, each affecting different parts of the body and different groups of people. Symptoms can vary, and can present themselves over an extended period of time. An early diagnosis is an important factor in the effectiveness of medical care.