Packing in an extra mile for the Scottish Spina Bifida Association

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THE Peterhead ladies behind the Starlight Parade have been putting their best feet and hands forward to raise vital funds for the Scottish Spina Bifida Association, which supports more than 3,000 babies, young children and families throughout Scotland.

Inspired by three-years-old Dylan Forman and four-years-old Andrew King, who were born with both spina bifida and hydrocephalus, Dylan’s mum, Vikki, and numerous other runners supporting the charity, lined up at Catto Park in Peterhead for a gruelling half marathon.

Although it was only her second half marathon, Vikki was the second lady past the finishing line, completing the run in just one hour and 40 minutes. Her first half marathon was in Glasgow, only one week before!

Vikki said: “I can’t tell you how important the run was, not only to me personally, but also to help the Scottish Spina Bifida Association (SSBA), it is a fantastic charity, who has always been there to support me.”

She continued: “They are the only charity in Scotland dedicated to providing advice, advocacy and support for people born with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus. Both conditions cause complex disabilities of which there is no cure.”

And that wasn’t where the fundraising ended. It was all hands on deck as the ladies and their supporters packed shopping bags Morrisons just days before Christmas, so with both feet and hands they raised more than £4,600 for the SSBA.

Linda Mathers, Dylan’s grandmother, was delighted with the support the town has shown the charity, stating: “I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who helped and to both Jogscotland and Morrisons for their support. Their enthusiasm has been marvellous.”

She added: “Despite being the only charity in Scotland that supports those with spina bifida and hydrocephalus, the SSBA receives less than 1% government funding. In 2011, they need to raise more than £1 million just to maintain their current level of family support services, support centre, training, projects and Helpline.

“To achieve this goal, the charity relies on fundraising within the community. Now, during this difficult economic climate, they need your help more than ever.”

If you would like to support for the Scottish Spina Bifida Association call 01236 794508 or log onto the charity’s web site: