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HDA announces new celebrity patrons

HDA announces new celebrity patrons
10th June 2009

The Huntington's Disease Association (HDA) has announced that it has two new celebrity patrons to highlight the cause which affects thousands of people across the UK.

Tony Hadley, the lead singer of 1980s band Spandau Ballet, has signed up to the cause alongside actor, singer and comedian Shane Ritchie, with the pair highlighting their support for the cause due to its close ties to their personal affairs.

Both of the stars are currently in the public eye following the reformation of Spandau Ballet for a European tour this autumn as well as Shane's portrayal of Archie Daley in Channel 5's re-imagining of the 1980s TV classic Minder.

Commenting on their help, Bill Crowder, the deputy head of care services at the HDA, said: "We are really excited to have them as our patrons and hope that their status will help to promote awareness of this devastating neurological illness, and raise the profile of the service we provide."

The HDA operates out of Liverpool and aims to help those affected by the condition, which usually strikes people when they are between the ages of 30 and 50, exhibiting neurodegenerative qualities similar to Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

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