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Airspace EK take one giant leap for SBH Scotland

Staff fly through the sky at Airspace

A Team of eleven employees from Airspace East Kilbride, have pledged to raise thousands of pounds for Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland (SBH Scotland) by taking part in a jump of a different kind! On Sunday 26th March they’ll be following their motto of ‘living life adventurously’ by swapping trampolines for bungee cords as they jump 132ft from the bridge at the Pass of Killiecrankie in Perthshire.

The Airspace team got involved with the specialist charity when they heard that over 700 people are affected by the lifelong, complex disabilities of spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus in Lanarkshire alone and that the funds they raise would directly go towards the support of these families.

Chris Rome, Marketing Manager for Airspace EK said, “Our ethos at Airspace is that everyone has ‘space to fly’ and we’ll certainly get that on this exhilarating challenge. The 50 mile per hour jump will be worth it if we can raise lots of money for SBH Scotland.

He continues, “We’ve got counter boxes in our café and at reception and we’re very grateful to everyone who’s donated so far. This charity receive little statutory funding and rely on fundraising to continue vital work in our own community so it’s important to us that we raise as much as we possibly can.”

SBH Scotland offer a lifetime commitment of support and information to all those in Scotland affected by the spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus. Established in 1965, the charity now supports over 3,500 children, young people, adults, their family members and carers every year in Scotland.

Lynsey Hamilton, SBH Scotland Fundraiser says, “The bungee jump at the Pass of Killiecrankie is going to be a fantastic event with over 50 people jumping for SBH Scotland. We’re very excited that Airspace East Kilbride are getting involved, their support will make a direct difference to the lives of children that we work with.”

To take part in the Bungee Jump yourself please contact Lynsey Hamilton on 03455 211 600 or email lynsey.hamilton@sbhscotland.org.uk. To support the Airspace EK team pop in to give a donation or donate via their online sponsor page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/AirSpaceEK Full details at www.sbhscotland.org.uk/bungee-jump

CBE for SBH Scotland Chair, Dr Margo Whiteford

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.

Dr Margo Whiteford

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."

The Travis - Nothing Ever Happens Video is here!

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.

Share a Give-Card this Christmas

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.

The process is simple. With Give Cards, our supporters can give a donation and get an e-card in minutes to share with family and friends.

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Thank you and Happy Christmas from everyone at SBH Scotland.

Travis Christmas Single released for 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.

SBH Scotland children celebrate Travis Single

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.”

Travis Single Cover - Nothing Ever Happens

‘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.”

‘Pasted Beyond Recognition’ is also available for pre release digital download on iTunes and a limited run of 500 CDs can be also be pre-ordered at www.sbhscotland.org.uk/del-amitri-cd.

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.

To support SBH Scotland, call 03455 211 600, email fundraising@sbhscotland.org.uk or visit www.sbhscotland.org.uk for more details.

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