Spina bifida and hydrocephalus are life threatening conditions which affect a child’s development, learning and motor skills – and their ability to cope with everyday life. This can have a huge impact on the whole family.
Shine provides specialist support from before birth and throughout the life of anyone living with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus, as well as to parents, families, carers and professional care staff. Shine’s team of health and support specialists are at the end of a phone, email, Facebook or event to offer reassurance, information and advice for families, and any professionals involved in the children’s care.
Shine now has more than 11,500 members in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Shine’s virtual balloon races have gone from strength to strength, and enabled the charity to raise thousands of pounds to help families affected by spina bifida and hydrocephalus.
Shine moved its popular balloon races online due to concern about the environmental impact of balloons littering the countryside. So you can now decorate your balloon, track its journey online and even interact on social media to influence your balloon’s journey. The winning balloon is the one that travels furthest on the virtual map.
Asif Shaheed, who coordinates the programme for Shine explains:
“We are delighted by the support from Craven Safety Services for our new look balloon race and hope that lots of businesses and individuals will have a go. It’s all a bit of fun for a great cause!’