Peterhead dad helps raise £15,000 for charity that helps his son

James and James Ritchie Jnr and family
James and James Ritchie Jnr and family

A Peterhead dad has helped raise£15,000 for Spina Bifida, which his son suffers from, by zip-lining across the River Clyde.

James Ritchie, 33, was part of a team that raised the money for charity Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland by crossing the Clyde at speeds of up to 40 mph.

James was first introduced to SBH Scotland after the birth of his son James Jr who at three-days-old had to have a number of operations Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus.

James said: “It was a big shock when James Jr was born as we hadn’t suspected anything was wrong.

“Very quickly our life was turned upside down as we were thrown into an unfamiliar world of paediatric surgeons and healthcare specialists.”

James Jr had to have a operations to close the hole in his back, and one to fit a medical device to drain fluid which had built up in his brain.

James Snr said that SBH Scotland was “crucial” to his family at the time.

He said: “Having the dedicated SBH Scotland support worker by our side was crucial, and helped make the experience much more manageable.

“James Jr is now two, and despite the challenges he faces, he powers through it all and constantly exceeds expectations.

“SBH Scotland is a fantastic charity and their support means everything to me and my family.”

Deborah Roe, fundraising director at SBH Scotland, said: “We’re so grateful to James and this group of fundraisers.”