Today is a reflective day for us at SBH Scotland as our CEO of 34 years, Andy Wynd MBE MIoD retires.
Anyone who knows Andy will know that he has dedicated his life to the charity - taking it from a service with only 2 family support workers (based in an inaccessible building in the west end of Glasgow) to a nationwide support and clinical support service run by a dedicated team and with a purpose-built family support centre, and head office, in Dullatur.
He has led the organisation through periods of transition and significant expansion which has culminated in a range of innovative developments and person centred projects from telehealth to Healthy Living, Inclusive Fitness and Play Projects; all of which contribute to ensuring that families affected by spina bifida or hydrocephalus have a wide range of choices and support networks to enable them to live lives to the full.
In 2014 his dedication to healthcare did not go unnoticed and he was awarded an MBE.
Last month at the charity's Annual General Meeting, Andy was asked to say a few words about his time with the charity and this is what he said,
Whilst it is with sadness that we announce our Chief Executive, of 34 years, Andrew H D Wynd MBE, is retiring on the 20th October. We are indeed proud to announce that a new Chief Executive Officer has now been appointed.
Lawrence Cowan is currently Director of Income Generation at Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland and will assume his new role in October 2023 when he replaces Andy Wynd, who is stepping down after joining the charity back in 1989.
Now in its second year, Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland’s (SBH Scotland) Zipslide the Clyde challenge is even more popular than ever, raising over £50,000 for the specialist charity.
Over the course of two weekends, more than 150 daredevils took part in the Zipslide the Clyde challenge. Participants took to the skies to launch off from a 100ft high crane next to the iconic Glasgow Riverside Museum, before zip sliding along a 1000ft long route down the Clyde.
Amongst those taking part was disabled Fife great granny, Frances Cuthbertson (75), who was born with spina bifida. After a lifetime of raising money for numerous charities, Frances successfully completed the challenge for what she says will likely be her final fundraising act.
Our vibrant town of Cumbernauld is set to host a new Farmers Market on Saturday, September 16th, 2023, at the rear car park of Tesco Craigmarloch. From 10 am to 2 pm, the market promises to be a spectacular event that will celebrate the spirit of the local community while supporting a noble cause.
The Cumbernauld Farmers Market is an exciting initiative from local specialist charity Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus (SBH) Scotland with support from Tesco Craigmarloch and their Community Champion, Doreen Reid. It aims to engage with the community and encourage residents to shop locally. With only a few months until Christmas – it also gives the perfect excuse to start your festive shopping!
Visitors can look forward to exploring a diverse range of stalls featuring a variety of high-quality products and delicious treats. The list of stallholders so far includes: The Drinks Co, Orla's Bakery, Necropolis Spirits, Cruice Juice, IRN BRU, Cakes by R H, Cannoli Get Better, Jam and Sprinkles, Bonbox, The Pie Man, Arbroath Fisheries, The Champer Camper, Elegant Balloons & Events, Moran’s Ices, Re-Wax and more…
Adeeba Ahmad, Fundraiser for SBH Scotland says, “Whether you're in the mood for delectable baked goods, artisanal drinks, fresh produce, or unique handcrafted items, the Cumbernauld Farmers Market will have something for everyone. It's a perfect opportunity to support local businesses and enjoy a fun-filled day with family and friends. And we’re so grateful to Doreen at Tesco Craigmarloch for being a massive support to the venture and allowing us the use of their rear car park for the event – true community spirit.
She continues, “This event is not only about fostering a sense of community but also about making a difference. The event is free to all, however any donations on the day will go towards Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland, and allow us to continue to improving the lives of individuals affected by these complex disabilities here and across Scotland.”
So mark your calendars and join SBH Scotland for a day of shopping at the Cumbernauld Farmers Market on Saturday, September 16th. For more information or to find out about becoming a stallholder visit www.sbhscotland.org.uk/cumbernauld-farmers-market/, contact Adeeba Ahmad or phone Tel: 03455 211 600.
SBH Scotland is delighted to announce the tremendous success of its Annual Corporate Golf Day, held on Thursday, August 31st at the prestigious Dundonald Links in Ayrshire. This year's event raised an astonishing £13,000, making it a day of triumph both on and off the course.
Dundonald Links was a fantastic choice for the day; a superb course, state-of-the-art clubhouse, and incredibly friendly and helpful staff, all provided the perfect backdrop for this exceptional day of golf. Participants and guests alike have unanimously praised the event, dubbing it "SBH Scotland’s best golf day yet."
The competition on the course was fierce, with players demonstrating their skills and sportsmanship throughout the day. The coveted Nearest the Pin prize was claimed by Jonny Riley, while Craig Sloan's impressive drive earned him the title of Longest Drive champion.
The pinnacle of the day was the team competition, and it was AD+ Accountants, led by Michael Donnelly, who emerged as the overall champions, showcasing their exceptional golfing prowess. In a closely contested second place was Grant's Foods, captained by John Fallon, and rounding out the top three was The Fantastic Four, led by Alex Atkinson and Douglas McEwan. Congratulations to all the teams for their outstanding performances!
The event's post-golf activities were hosted by sports pundit, Des McKeown, who regaled attendees with captivating stories from his illustrious sporting career, adding an extra layer of humour and entertainment to the day.
SBH Scotland would like to extend its heartfelt gratitude to the Headline Sponsors of the event, fatBuzz and VSN Sport, for their unwavering support, not just on the day of the event, but throughout the entire year. Their commitment has played an integral role in making this golf day such a resounding success.
Additionally, SBH Scotland would like to express sincere thanks to all attendees and hole sponsors for their generous contributions, which directly support the organisation's vital work.
Photography on the day was generously provided by George Monaghan of Studio 13, whose skillful lens captured the memorable moments and smiles that filled the course and a special thanks to Nairnbrook printing for donating all the signage.
The Annual Corporate Golf Day is not only a celebration of sporting excellence but also a testament to the importance of corporate support of our charity, which in turn allows SBH Scotland to provide social and support groups, 1-2-1 support, health check clinics and workshops amongst many other things. SBH Scotland is immensely proud of the accomplishments achieved through this event and are incredibly grateful to all the golfers who brought their best golf game as well as generosity to support charity - Thank you.
For more information about SBH Scotland and how you can get involved in our Golf Day keep an eye on our Golf Day webpage. 2024 date coming soon!!!