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.”
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.
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 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
Del Amitri frontman Justin Currie visited Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland’s HQ in Cumbernauld to announce his unique auction prize for this year’s Scottish Entertainment and Hospitality Awards.
The “Roll to me” singer has agreed to compose, produce and record a single for the winner which will also be framed as a keepsake for the highest bidder. As part of the prize, the charity will own the rights to the song, meaning any money made from the music will go directly to specialist charity, SBH Scotland.
The Scottish Entertainment & Hospitality Awards due to be held at the Glasgow City Hotel on Sunday 8 May, showcases the range and quality of Scotland’s entertainment industry. SBH Scotland is the official charity partner for the annual awards and all money raised on the night by the nominees will go towards the services it provides to families across Scotland.
Justin was inspired to donate the personal prize after he heard about the charity and spent time with SBH Scotland’s service users at one of its bi-weekly play schemes, singing and playing with the children at an “Under the Sea” themed session.
Justin Currie said: “I know one of the families who are supported by Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland. They are consistently singing the praises of the charity and the work they do to make their everyday lives that much easier.
“I wanted to provide a prize that would get people talking as well as hopefully raise a lot of money. I will spend time with the winner getting to know them, so the song will be something truly personal to them.”
Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland are now recruiting for a new Family Support Worker to be part of their Stronger Links: Stronger Families Project.
The position is home based covering Edinburgh/Lothian/Fife/Borders
This post is funded by the Big Lottery Fund until September 2017.
For further details visit our vacancies page.
Specialist charity, Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland (SBH Scotland), formerly Scottish Spina Bifida Association, is celebrating its 50th year of support and advocacy for people across the country affected by these lifelong, complex conditions.
Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland was formed in 1965 by group of parents who each had a child with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus. Now 50 years later, the charity support over 3,500 children, young people, adults, their family members and carers every year in Scotland whilst retaining their family orientated approach.
SBH Scotland celebrated their 50th birthday on Sunday 25 October which coincided with World Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Day, an international day to raise awareness of the conditions.
The event marks the launch of SBH Scotland’s ‘With A Little Help From Our Friends’ campaign, a yearlong anniversary appeal with a host of fundraising events and activities that supporters can take part in; all with the aim of raising £1 million to continue their full range of support. Past years have had month-long campaigns and the charity are hoping supporters will come together to develop innovative ways such as coffee mornings, comedy nights and duck races to raise funds to mark their 50th year.