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SBH Scotland launches yearlong campaign to mark 50th birthday

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.

John Amabile enjoying the party

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.

Director of Fundraising for SBH Scotland, Deborah Roe, says:

“We want to use our 50th birthday celebrations to launch a new appeal and to say thank you to everyone who has, and continues to, support our charity. We have to raise over £1 million every year to run our vital support services and projects. Our many achievements are a direct result of the generous support from friends past and present. Friends who share our vision of enabling all those with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus to live the best life possible. We are very grateful to all those who have helped us this far and with a little help from our friends we’ll be there for our members for another 50 years.”

If you would like to support SBH Scotland’s 50th Appeal please call 03455 211 600, email us on or visit for more details.

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