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“We're using the data from this map to understand where ticks are being spotted, with multiple actions being taken from this data. We've worked with landowners to cut back vegetation alongside paths, installed interpretation panels alongside our partners TCV Scotland and the Lyme Resource Centre, and shared data with academic partners who are able to use it for future research funding and evidence. Additionally, we are collecting people's stories of their experiences with ticks and tick-borne diseases to understand the level of impact ticks are having across the country.”

TCV is a charity which exists to connect people to green spaces to deliver lasting outcomes for both. It supports people to improve their physical and mental health and wellbeing by being outdoors, active and interacting with others through their volunteering and other project activity.

 

TCV works closely with the “What makes viruses tick” project, in particular the development of the tick map for Scotland and are assisting the Lyme Resource Centre with the outdoor signage project - installing LRC signs in outdoor areas popular with the public and where ticks are expected at high density.  Signage is installed with the permission of the landowner.

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Rico Franchi

Ambassador

A singer/songwriter from Glasgow, Scotland, Rico raises awareness and funding for LRC through his talent as a singer and songwriter. Having battled Lyme disease for over ten years now, he says “I have been fortunate enough to use my music as a vehicle to create awareness and raise funds for Lyme charities. Being such a misunderstood illness, means that people rarely receive the support they need and deserve. It’s a very lonely journey, with many friends and family members often forgetting how ill we are on the inside, because we look well on the outside. We’re forced to smile and push through pain, fatigue and other sinister symptoms because there’s no alternative solution. The unpredictability of flare ups leaves us living in constant fear over what might arise next. We need a voice, and I’m happy and honoured to be part of that voice. Let’s raise more awareness and push harder for answers to help a growing community whose questions need answers.”

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