WestCoastCo. are passionate about supporting awareness and research surrounding neurological disorders.
This is something that’s close to our heart, and as such we actively support charities which contribute to research and a better way of life for people with neurological disorders.
Arran started WestCoastCo. after a year of genetic therapy and blood tests revealed that she has the gene for SCA6 (Spinocerebellar Ataxia). She runs the support group for Ataxia UK in Preston for people with various forms of ataxia, their friends, family and carers, and is passionate about raising awareness for this rare neurological disorder.
Ataxia is the name given to a group of incurable disorders which affect balance, co-ordination and speech. There are estimated to be around 10,000 people in the UK with a form of ataxia, however due to the lack of awareness surrounding the disorder there could be significantly more than this.
Ataxia UK raise funds for medical research into treatments and cures for ataxia, as well as raising awareness and providing a community for those affected by it.
Neuro DropIn is a charity based in Lancaster which provides a warm and friendly place for people with neurological conditions to meet, get support and relax. They have a charity shop and cafe on site, and provide a selection of services from physiotherapy to massage and tai-chi.
The centre hosts regular creative groups and fundraising events throughout the year.