SBH Scotland member, Sharon Mottram, has been inspired to take on a 177 mile challenge for our charity, Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus (SBH) Scotland whom she says came into her life at just the right time.
Sharon has the complex condition spina bifida and has always been a member of SBH Scotland. However, 4 years ago a chance communication with us changed Sharon’s life for the better.
Sharon explains, “Just over 6 years ago I had an accident which left me in a wheelchair. It was a big change to my life at a time when I was already going through a lot of other issues. Everything got too much for me and I was left feeling anxious and really low. I was at the point where I didn’t even like to leave the house. Then one day a letter came through the door inviting me to an SBH Scotland event. I couldn’t go to the event but when I called the support worker, Wendy, asked if she could come to visit me instead, and the rest is history!
She continued, “They’ve been a massive part of my life ever since; offering a lot of home support, getting me to join their adult social groups online and offering an SBH Scotland counsellor. It’s no exaggeration when I say If it wasn’t for SBH Scotland, I don’t know where I’d be today.”
It was this level of dedicated support that put the wheels in motion for a sponsored challenge. Sharon decided that for 40 days she would try to cover as many miles as she could whilst raising money for the charity she knew were facing a tough challenge this year financially. By the start of May she’d covered a tremendous 177 miles with some tricky challenges en route and visiting Whitehills, Portsoy and other coastal routes.
Sharon added, “Most of the time I really enjoyed it but one day I tried a different route and found myself rolling down a very steep embankment. I stopped only when I got stuck on a grass verge – it was quite terrifying! And on a few occasions I wasn’t feeling well enough to continue so my fabulous friends Nathan and Sarah along with my son Haydn, stepped in to do a walk for me on those days, for which I’m very grateful.”
Lynsey Hamilton, fundraising manager at SBH Scotland said; “We’re incredibly grateful to Sharon for all the effort she put into this challenge. We need to raise over £1 million each year to provide our range of dedicated support services to children, young people and adults across Scotland. Sharon’s amazing donation is so far totalling £755 and will go towards support for other charity members like Sharon so a massive thank you to all those who donated to her.”
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