Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland (SBH Scotland) has welcomed Scottish radio presenter and television personality, James Smith, as a charity ambassador.
Also known by his alter-ego, Mr Fabulous, James presents a number of shows on Paisley FM, Scene Radio and Camglen Radio and regularly works with STV, will be raising the profile of SBH Scotland, which works with young people and their families who have been affected by the life-long conditions of spina bifida and hydrocephalus.
James, from the West of Glasgow, has been involved with SBH Scotland for a number of years, giving support to our fundraising efforts and acting as a judge at our annual ‘Strictly Come Prancing’ event, which was inspired by the hit BBC show.
As ambassador, James’ main role will be to work with the charity to raise awareness of spina bifida and hydrocephalus, along with making people aware of the services the charity can offer, including support and social groups, financial advice and health clinics.
James will be joining SBH Scotland’s team of existing ambassadors and patrons, including Gordon Ramsay, Duncan Bannatyne, Nicola Cassells and Meggan Dawson-Farrell.
James said: “I am so excited to have joined SBH Scotland as an ambassador. I work with many charities, and I’ve been blown away by the incredible work SBH Scotland carries out to help those with spina bifida and hydrocephalus.
“I want to make sure that everyone who has been affected by these conditions knows that they are not alone; SBH Scotland has helped to create a community of people who can help and support you through whatever life throws at you, from me, other volunteers and their staff, to those attending the support groups.”
SBH Scotland are required to raise over £1 million in funding to continue to support over 3,500 children, young people and adults with our support services. With the unprecedented outbreak of Coronavirus we face further financial challenges as we work to ensure all members know they are not alone at the most isolating of times. To reach our targets we are now almost solely reliant on the generosity of the public and trust and grant making bodies after many fundraising initiatives have been postponed or cancelled.
Deborah Roe, fundraising director at SBH Scotland, said: “James has been a huge advocate for our charity for a number of years, and his appointment as charity ambassador now makes it official. It’s also an incredibly positive bit of news for us to share at such an uncertain time for so many.
“James is an incredibly compassionate person with a real desire to help others, just as we do at SBH Scotland. We’re looking forward to working with him for years to come, helping those who need our support.”
The team at SBH Scotland have risen to all the challenges the current virus pandemic has thrown at it and are doing all they can to keep connected with SBH Scotland members at a time when feeling socially isolated is at its height.
At Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland (SBH Scotland) our members and staff are our utmost priority and in a time of constant change that sentiment remains stronger than ever.
Although the Coronavirus has brought with it many restrictions and uncertainty, SBH Scotland members are not alone in coping with the challenges it may bring them.
SBH Scotland have worked to continue a vital support service albeit in slightly different formats than normal.
Until further notice the Dan Young Building, our Head Office in Cumbernauld, is closed to members and following government guidelines we have made the decision to stop home visits temporarily. We have also postponed our support and social groups in their traditional formats. However, our Family Support Team remain dedicated to supporting members and are there therefore offering a:
Helpline: 03455 211 300. Call us Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm and we will be there to talk with you or just be a listening ear for your concerns.
Check-In Service: Regular contact through a weekly phone service to check in and make sure members are doing ok.
Coronavirus Hub and Information: We have a dedicated page for information relating to the Coronavirus. If members have any concerns of how they could be affected they can also click on our link and have a video chat with one of our clinical team.
Online Groups and workshops: Our team are looking at a range of technology so we can continue social interactions between members online as well as launch online workshops.
YouTube: Our YouTube channel is home to many useful resources during times such as these including Have A Go films to encourage children's play and development and our support worker Kerry has also been filming 'dancercise' videos for thos with limited mobility. Visit our channel now to subscribe.
Facebook private groups: We continue to have dedicated private spina bifida and hydrocephalus groups for SBH Scotland members on Facebook.
No one knows the long term effect that the Coronavirus will have in Scotland but whatever happens the SBH Scotland team are doing all they can to stay connected to their comunity. Contact us if you need support.
It's February, and people are already letting their new years resolutions of better health and fitness fall by the wayside! However a guaranteed way to continue with your health goals is to set yourself a challenge and stick to it. At SBH Scotland we're always delighted at the number of people who choose to walk, roll, stroll and run for us throughout the year and by signing up to an event it means a date is set and a plan of action can be put into place.
This February we're asking everyone to join our team and sign up to an event for SBH Scotland. We can offer support throughout your fitness journey with us and we are always on hand for any questions you may have. If you want to take part in a challenge contact our team by email or call Lynsey on 03455 211 600.
In the meantime Craig Houston-Haynes, who has taken part in the Great Scottish Run Festival for us an amazing 3 times, has emailed in his top running tips for taking part in a race.
My advice is for a half marathon
- Definitely you need to have put in the miles and trained for it - ask yourself have you done enough?Work to one of the many training plans that are available online for your level of running experience - these are invaluable
- Be hydrated the week leading up to the race - drink sips often and not try and drink it all on the day of the race...I've done that and you end up needing to pee every half an hour! Not comfortable or fun especially with toilets spread out every 4 miles or so!
- Don't start too fast and get caught up with those who sprint off too fast. For the first few km/miles start slow! And tell yourself to slow down because you probably are still running too fast at this part of the race. It allows you to get into a momentum and not run out of energy half way through the race and struggle in the last few miles.
- I took all these on board and knocked 10 minutes of my best time so it works.
- Finally, Enjoy the day and fun round about you. It is such an achievement and the feeling you get when you finish is just brilliant - then go and enjoy that well deserved pint!
If you haven't booked your place yet, it's not too late! A Question of Burns is taking place on Thursday 23rd January at the Glasgow Hilton and we have a few tables remaining. SBH Scotland member and Question of Burns Co-Host, Ella Chambers, reminds us to get our tickets for the spectacular corporate Burns Supper Event.
Call us today on 03455 211 600 to book or go online.
We're delighted to launch our 2019 Christmas Appeal where we're asking everyone to get involved. Any donation large or small will help to ensure every baby, child, adult parent, family member and carer can receive our lifetime commitment of support in 2020 and beyond. If you are unable to donate, please share our appeal far and wide by following our posts on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram or YouTube.
To add to the magic of Christmas we'd like to thank the lovely Ian Waite and James Smith for kindly getting involved with our appeal film.
Enjoy and a very merry festive season to all!