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Chisholm Hunter offer Glimmer of Hope to SBH Scotland

Dr Margo Whiteford of SBh Scotland receives donation from Max Brown, Heather Templeton & Karen McCulloch of Chisholm Hunter

Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland (SBH Scotland) has received a generous donation of £30,000 from long-standing supporter Chisholm Hunter, following the cancellation of our biggest annual charity event due to Covid.

For three decades, Chisholm Hunter have been staunch supporters of SBH Scotland with a focus, most recently, as headline sponsor of our annual “A Question of Burns” supper; one of the West of Scotland’s most successful Burns supper events, typically welcoming 500 people each year to join in an evening of poetry, performances and dining.

Since its launch in 1981, the event has raised over £1 million which has been used to provide personalised support to thousands of children, young people and adults across Scotland affected by the lifelong, complex conditions of spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus.

Last year, the charity was able to bring the festivities online to host the World’s Biggest Burns, where viewers were treated to performances from a host of famous faces. Due to the continued impact of Covid on the Scottish charity, the planned ‘in person’ event had to be cancelled entirely this year.

However, thanks to the kind donation from luxury jeweller and diamond retailer Chisholm Hunter, the charity has managed to fill the funding void left by the cancelled event.

Harry Brown, Managing Director of Chisholm Hunter, said: “SBH Scotland are a wonderful charity, and their work makes a real difference to the lives of over 3,500 individuals in Scotland who live with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus.

“We understand how hard the third sector has been hit over the last two years and we’ve been truly inspired by the charity’s tenacity during this time. Chisholm Hunter’s relationship with SBH Scotland celebrates its thirtieth year in 2022 and we weren’t going to let the cancellation of an event interrupt the vital support services so many families rely on in Scotland.

“I hope our donation goes some way in helping the charity to continue support for those who benefit from their fantastic services.”

Dr Margo Whiteford CBE, Chairperson of SBH Scotland, said: “We could not be more thankful for the generosity and kindness shown by the team at Chisholm Hunter. We have to raise over £1 million each year and losing the Burns Supper event for this year was a big blow.

“Thanks to the donation from Chisholm Hunter, we can continue to provide our dedicated services, including 1-2-1 support in homes and hospitals, health check clinics and support groups to those affected by spina bifida and hydrocephalus in Scotland.

“We’re already looking forward to next year’s “A Question of Burns” supper, but more importantly we can’t wait to build on our relationship with Chisholm Hunter which has such a positive impact on the services we can offer our charity members. It is always a pleasure to work with their lovely team who have always gone above and beyond to help us throughout our thirty year relationship.”

For more information on Chisholm Hunter,

visit their site or to find out why their donation is so important please visit SBH Scotland

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Business coach pledges to take action for charity in need

Lynsey Hamilton, Andrew Goldberg and SBH Scotland mascot SPiney the Diney pose for photo together

An award winning business coach in Paisley has pledged to raise a whopping £50,000 for Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus (SBH) Scotland, after hearing of the big financial challenges they face each year.

Andrew Goldberg, originally from Baltimore, was introduced to the charity back in 2020 but after a visit to their purpose built family support centre, just outside Glasgow, he knew he wanted to do more. Andrew heard of the lifelong impact the rare, complex disabilities have on children and their families and the increasing fundraising challenges SBH Scotland face to provide dedicated support to them. He knew immediately that he could get his ActionCOACH business involved through the work he does with local business owners.

In addition to a monthly donation, Andy has provided free training to the charity’s team and most recently has pledged to donate all profits from his book launch and sales workshop in May.

Andrew said: “In ActionCOACH I work with business owners to make more money but a big part of that success is giving back to the community and having a positive impact on others.

“I was immediately bowled over by the care and support shown by SBH Scotland to families right from their baby’s diagnosis. I’m very proud to help raise awareness, to promote through my business and so far I’ve been delighted to contribute over £5,000. I’m hoping my upcoming book launches will also drive another big donation towards my £50,000 target!”

SBH Scotland was formed in 1965 by a group of parents who each had a child with spina bifida and hydrocephalus. Over 56 years later, the charity now supports over 4,000 children, young people, adults, their family members and carers across Scotland.

Deborah Roe, director of fundraising for SBH Scotland said, “We are thrilled to receive support from Andrew Goldberg. The children that we support have varying disabilities and extremely complex needs that last a lifetime. Each year we have to raise £1million to provide a bespoke service for each child and each year reaching our fundraising target gets harder.

“Andrew has become one of our business ambassadors and is leading the way in creating simple yet impactful ways to support us through his business. We hope this inspires other businesses to get involved in whatever capacity they are able.”

To find out more about Andrew’s upcoming book launches “The Selling Checklist” please visit or to find out about becoming a business ambassador for SBH Scotland please email or visit

Here's our Ella with a quick reminder!

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.


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