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SBH Scotland win National Charity of the Year

Dr Margo Whiteford and Richard Donald of SBH Scotland receive an award

Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus (SBH) Scotland, has been named National Charity of the Year by a host of judges and scooped up three other accolades at this year’s Charity Champions Awards.

The awards, which are judged by an independent panel who include the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR), were set up to recognise and reward the country’s charitable sector and they announced the winners at the Marriott Hotel, Glasgow, during a glitzy ceremony.

Charity Champions CEO Warren Paul and event organisers at Paramount Creative said,

"We are delighted that Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus (SBH) Scotland, have won National Charity of the Year. They do such an amazing job and work tirelessly for their cause and that is why we are so honored to celebrate their hard work."

SBH Scotland were awarded four awards in total including the top gong, National Charity of the Year. Its chairperson, Dr Margo Whiteford, was awarded the Lifetime Contribution Award for her dedication to raising awareness of disabililty over the past 50 years.

A group of SBH Scotland fundraisers in Peterhead also won Volunteers of the Year, for their continued support and unique fundraising efforts.

Finally, SBH Scotland was announced as runner-up for Disability Charity of the Year.

Deborah Roe, fundraising director at SBH Scotland, said: “We’re honoured to win National Charity of the Year, as well as recognise Margo for all her achievement and commitment to improving lives over three decades. She inspires us daily and is a driving force behind everything we’re able to achieve.

“Our Peterhead ladies are also well deserving and we are grateful to everyone who sponsors, donates and volunteers to help us on our mission.

“We’ve just celebrated the 50th year of SBH Scotland and it’s amazing to see how far we’ve come in half a century and we’re proud to be recognised for the specialist work we provide across the country.”

If you would like to support SBH Scotland, call 03455 211 600, email or visit our web for more details.

Warm Home Discount


For winter 2016 to 2017, the Warm Home Discount Scheme from many utility companies is now starting to open and you could be getting £140 off your electricity bill.

This is a scheme where money may be paid from a utility company (if they're part of the scheme) to people who are on low incomes, a disability or have children with health issues (as long as they fulfill the qualifying criteria).

Many of you will already know about the scheme OR some may think you're not eligible but it really is worth checking with us as we've already helped many people who thought they couldn't apply.

What next?
  • Is your current supplier listed below? If yes, then call the SBH Scotland Financial Support Service to look at the criteria.
  • If you meet the criteria, you can apply directly or we can help you with that.

Fuel providers involved: Atlantic, Bristol Energy, British Gas, Co-operative Energy, EDF Energy, E-On, Equipower (Ebico), Equigas (Ebico), Extra Energy, First Utility, GB Energy, Manweb (see Scottish Power), M & S Energy, Npower, Our Power, OVO, Sainsburys Energy (see British Gas), Scottish Gas (see British Gas), Scottish Power, Southern Electric, SSE, SWALEC, Utilita, Utility Warehouse

If you don’t know who your supplier is, would like some more information about the scheme or if you have another fuel related issue, please contact our Helpline on 03455 211 300 or Email us

The SBH Scotland Finance Support Service is available to anyone in Scotland affected by hydrocephalus and/or spina bifida and their family/carers.

We're recruiting - Join our team!

Due to increased demands for our services we're currently recruiting for 2 members of staff to aid us in our early years and family service provision across Scotland.

Want to join our team

F/T Early Years Support Worker - Based in our support centre in Dullatur, Glasgow but with travel throughout the locality.

P/T Children and Young People's Worker - North East of Scotland. Home based but working with children and families across the region.

For both posts you must be qualified to SVQ3 level or equivalent in a relevant field and you must be 18 years or older.

These are 2 very special roles within the charity and further details, including job description and closing date can be found HERE.

If you've got the skills we'd love to hear from you.

Baby Bella inspires family to raise £1,500 in Kiltwalk

A Banchory dad, whose three-month old baby daughter, Bella, has spina bifida and hydrocephalus, is part of a team which raised nearly £1,500 for our specialist charity to help other babies with the same condition.

The McDonald Family raised £1500 in the Aberdeen Kiltwalk

Martin McDonald, along with Bella's aunt and uncle, Anna and Grant, were sponsored to complete the 26-mile walk Aberdeen Kiltwalk from Duthie Park to Portach Green.

Spina Bifida occurs early in pregnancy and Martin’s daughter Bella was born in April with the condition which led to two operations in her first week of life, one to close the hole in her back, and one to fit a medical device to drain fluid which had built up in her brain as a result of Hydrocephalus.

The McDonald Family raised £1500 in the Aberdeen Kiltwalk

The money raised will be used by us to provide personalised home and hospital support for families in the North of Scotland with new born babies who have spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus

Cumbernauld 10K celebrates 10 years with SBH Scotland

First held to mark the 50th anniversary of Cumbernauld new town in 2007, the Cumbernauld 10K race is now a popular event on the athletics calendar with over 650 runners registered last year.

The 10th anniversary event takes place on Sunday 18 September at Broadwood Stadium and we're delighted to have been chosen as the nominated charity for a 10th year.

New for this year are a toddler dash and a 400m run for P1 to P4 children.

There will also be 1k races for P5 to P7 children, a 3k race for S1 to S5 pupils and a Victory Mile Walk (for those of all abilities), as well as free family entertainment and activities.

“The Cumbernauld 10k is firmly established as one of our most popular events with runners coming from across Scotland, and we’re aiming to make this year the best ever,” said Councillor Allan Graham, Chair of Campsies Centre (Cumbernauld) Ltd.

“With events for toddlers and P1 to P4 kids and the Victory Mile Walk open, there is now something for everyone, no matter their age or ability. It’s a real family occasion.

“To mark the event’s 10th birthday we’d love to welcome back anyone who has taken part over the last decade to help us celebrate.

“So help us get the party started, and sign up now for the event of 2016.”

You can register for all the races online at www.q-buster.co.uk/cumbernauld10k and enjoy an early bird discount. BUT, if you fancy fundraising fof SBH Scotland give us a call on 03455 211 600 or email us as we have some special team places.

Last year, the event raised £3,675 for Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland. We are the only specialist charity in Scotland providing a lifetime commitment of support services, training and projects for everyone affected by spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus. One of the highest incidences in Scotland is in Lanarkshire.

The Cumbernauld 10k is organised by North Lanarkshire Council and North Lanarkshire Leisure Ltd, in partnership with NHS Lanarkshire, Campsies Centre Cumbernauld Ltd, Strathmore Spring Water and the Cumbernauld News and Kilsyth Chronicle.

For more information, go to www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk/cumbernauld10k.

In photo: Pupils from Westfield Primary School celebrate the 10th Cumbernauld 10k event with Robert Robertson and Ashlin McKinnon from North Lanarkshire Leisure: from left Rebecca Donald, Zachary McIntyre, Emma Berney, Ethan Cunningham, Kiara Moore and Luke Ramsay.

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