Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland are delighted to announce that their Chairperson, Dr Margo Whiteford, has been awarded the title of CBE (Commander of the British Empire) as part of the 2017 New Year’s Honours List for her services to charity and health.
Dr Whiteford was diagnosed with spina bifida at birth and is paralysed from the waist down. Despite spending most of her life in a wheelchair, she has dedicated her time to charitable causes, taking particular interest in organisations that support lifelong conditions.
A longstanding member, and now chairperson, of Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland (SBH Scotland) Dr Whiteford is also a board member of the International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus and was elected president of the organisation in 2013. She is also chair of a global expert panel which looks to improve treatments for people with spina bifida on a worldwide scale, and she works closely with the Global Summit for Food Fortification in Tanzania.
Dr Whiteford dedicates her efforts to raising awareness of the complex conditions. In 2002 she took part in the Great North Run, where she not only completed the 13-mile event in her wheelchair, but managed to convince fellow competitor, Gordon Ramsay OBE to become an honorary patron of SBH Scotland. Since taking up the role in 2005, the TV chef has raised thousands of pounds for the organisation. In 2009 Dr Whiteford added to her long list of fund raising achievements when she completed the London Marathon, raising £15,000 in the process. She has also completed the Great Scottish Run on four separate occasions and most recently has zip wired across the River Clyde.
Chief executive of SBH Scotland Andrew H D Wynd MBE said, “I would like to offer my congratulations to Dr Whiteford whose support over the past 30 years has been indispensable to SBH Scotland. She is an incredible woman whose achievements demonstrate that physical disability does not have to be a barrier to success.
“As a voluntary member of organisations like ours, Dr Whiteford utilises her spare time to attend meetings and seminars across the world. Her dedication to improving the lives of those affected by these complex conditions is irrefutable and she is truly an inspiration to all of us.
He continues “Her parents were part of the original group that founded SBH Scotland back in 1965 with the aim of providing support to those affected by the condition. It is incredible that just 50 years later we are seeing their daughter being recognised for her own contributions to this cause. She is a tireless campaigner and the team at SBH Scotland could not be happier for her latest achievement.”In her professional career, Dr Whiteford continues to break stereotypes, proving that being in a wheelchair does not preclude her from working in challenging environments. Originally graduating from the University of Dundee with a BSc in Pharmacology, she went on become a qualified medical practitioner. Today, she works as a consultant clinical geneticist at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Glasgow, where she has diagnosed, and supported hundreds of children and adults who are affected by genetic conditions.
The final word comes from Dr Margo Whiteford herself,
"I'm just glad that my parents are able to witness this after the gloomy picture that they were given about my future when I was born. To all parents of children with spina bifida never give up dreaming about what might be achieved."
And they say nothing ever happens!!! It's just not the case at SBH Scotland. Thanks to our friends at Baby Grand Productions we now have a brilliant film of our families to go along with the Christmas Single generously donated by internationally renowned band, Travis. Quite a busy December.
The single is now available to download or stream from all major online music retailers, along with the full 'Pasted Beyond Recognition Album' and all profits come to our charity so please share this festive story far and wide and help us continue making a difference to the lives of all those we support.
A massive thank you to everyone who has been involved with this Del Amitri fans project.
Due to increased costs and lack of demand we no longer purchase Christmas cards to sell but thanks to JustGiving you can still buy SBH Scotland e-cards and share your message of support to friends and family this Christmas.
Thank you and Happy Christmas from everyone at SBH Scotland.
Two titans of Scottish rock, Travis and Del Amitri, have come together to release a Christmas charity single, with all proceeds going to Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus (SBH) Scotland.
Travis has given a festive makeover to one of Del Amitri’s most successful songs, ‘Nothing Ever Happens’. The single, which will be available for download pre-order from iTunes on 24 November, features sleigh bells and Fran Healy‘s soothing vocals.
The track will also feature on an album of Del Amitri covers, a brainchild of the band’s fan-base.
Through a social media campaign led by fans, and a personal blessing from Del Amitri frontman Justin Currie, a host of famous Scottish musicians and song-writers have collaborated to support the cause. Ricky Ross of Deacon Blue, Julie Fowlis and Tom McRae have all provided songs for the album; ‘Pasted Beyond Recognition’, named after lyrics from Del Amitri song ‘Surface Of The Moon’.
Fran Healy from Travis, said: “Nothing Ever Happens is a perfect song which is as relevant today as it was when it was written. I feel honoured to have been allowed to give it a shot. It’s never going to be as good as the original but it’s a decent effort. We hope it helps sell the CD.”
‘Pasted Beyond Recognition’ will be officially launched at a special celebration of music on Saturday 17 December 2016 at the Òran Mór in Glasgow with host Hardeep Singh Kohli. Justin Currie will be treating gig-goers to Del Amitri’s classics and will be joined by Tom McRae, Withered Hand, Blue Rose Code, Ranagri, Zervas & Pepper, Jill Jackson of Speedway and Kris Dollimore, who will all be performing their cover versions from the album. All proceeds from the event and album sales will also be donated to SBH Scotland.
Deborah Roe, Director of Fundraising for SBH Scotland, said: “We are grateful to the Del Amitri fans, Travis, Justin Currie and all of the fantastic musicians who have all generously come together to collaborate on this release. As a charity that is almost solely self-funded, the money and awareness raised will make a huge difference to the lives of those across Scotland affected by these lifelong, complex conditions. The launch gig will be the perfect end to our 50th anniversary celebrations.”
Tickets for the album launch gig are £25 and are available now from the Òran Mór website: http://oran-mor.co.uk
Fans can keep up to date with the latest news on the Del Amitri Fans Facebook Page www.facebook.com/delamitrifans and on Twitter by following @delamitrinews.
SBH Scotland are this year's nominated charity for North Lanarkshire Leisure's Christmas Cracker event on Sunday 4th December at Broadwood Stadium.
As nominated charity SBH Scotland have free places for any people wishing to make either a small donation (of any amount) or take part as a sponsored event.
Run, walk or jog but we'll all be dressing like Santa and jingling all the way for a fun 5k. Take part with friends or family or make new friends en route!
There's also a Toddler Dash for the children so activity for all the family.
To get your free place for the event call us on 03455 211 600 for your code and then enter online. Alternatively email us your details and we'll get back to you.
We only have a limited number of free places and they're available on a first come first served basis, so ho ho hurry!