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David was born in Edinburgh on 25 July 1966 and died on 28 August 2017. He was only diagnosed with Variant AT in his teens like his brother Andrew.  As a boy and young teenager, he enjoyed hill walking with his family and developed a lifelong love of nature – especially birdwatching.  He even managed to climb most of the big peaks in the Lake District, including Skiddaw and Helvellyn.

 David studied for and went on to complete a 2-year pre social work training course but over this time the effects of AT had increased but he was able to use the training he had completed to support others with disabilities.

 In his early 20s he started attending a wonderful day centre and he continued his involvement there for 25 years.  He worked on the reception; edited the in-house magazine; and took part in many other activities.  He also represented people with disabilities on a range of external bodies, including an arts and disability organisation in Edinburgh which he chaired for many years.

In spite of the challenges brought with AT, David was widely travelled getting as far as South Africa to follow his love of cricket. Although he could not play, David was involved with Calton Cricket club, acting a scorer for a number of years and after he died of pancreatic cancer associated with AT in 2017, he left the club money for a defibrillator for the club house. There is a bench in memory of David installed by the club at their ground.

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