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All zipped up for 2023

participants are lifted in crane to zipslide start point

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.

Heaton family pose with certificates after zipslideOthers included the Heaton family, who travelled from Manchester to raise more vital funds for a cause close to their hearts, as SBH Scotland has supported their family in Greenock since baby Jack was born three years ago with spina bifida and hydrocephalus.

The challenge also had its youngest ever participant, Laila McRae, aged just 10 years old, who bravely took the leap alongside her older sister Emma. Stepping in at the last minute, Laila was keen to make sure that they raised as much money as possible for the charity that cares for her little sister, Amber.

Zipslide the Clyde is one of the highlights of the fundraising calendar which boosts the charity’s efforts to support over 4,000 individuals across Scotland who live with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus. The event also provided a fundraising opportunity for more than 35 additional charities including Glasgow City Mission, Erskine, and Held in our Hearts.

Frances Cuthbertson zipslides across the clydeDeborah Roe, Director of Fundraising, for SBH Scotland, said: “We were thrilled to bring back our Zipslide the Clyde challenge for its second year and with more than £40,000 raised for us over two weekends, we’re delighted to announce that it’s our most successful zipslide event to date!

“I would like to thank everyone who took part, including those who came along to cheer on family and friends, as well as Big Bang Promotions and Peel L&P, without whom the zipslide wouldn’t be possible. We were also delighted to welcome a host of other Scottish charities whose own fundraisers took part alongside us and we can’t wait to work in partnership again.

“Our annual zipslide challenge is not just a highly anticipated event in our calendar each year but is also a hugely important fundraising activity, which we heavily rely on to reach our annual targets. With a goal of raising over £1.5 million this year, these funds will make a big impact on the services we can offer including one-to-one support in homes and hospitals, health check clinics and support groups to those affected by spina bifida and hydrocephalus in Scotland.”

Dates are now available for 2024 - Register for Zipslide the Clyde now online.

To find out more about the range of support services offered by SBH Scotland or to organise your own fundraiser please visit or contact our fundraising team

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