Shine for Spina bifida and Hydrocephalus Awareness Week

Martin Mullan pictured with members of the Legenderry Shine team ahead of a charity football match at the Brandywell on Saturday, October 19, at  2pm to raise awareness of spina bifida and hydrocephalus.
Martin Mullan pictured with members of the Legenderry Shine team ahead of a charity football match at the Brandywell on Saturday, October 19, at 2pm to raise awareness of spina bifida and hydrocephalus.

Derry members of a charity dedicated to people affected by spina bifida and hydrocephalus are holding a concert in Derry tomorrow evening, Saturday, October 19, at which musicians from the Ulster Orchestra will perform.

The concert begins at 7pm at St Mary’s College and will feature members of Shine, and several choirs.

A special football match will also take place at the Brandywell at 2pm tomorrow.

The first Spina bifida and Hydrocephalus Awareness Week will take place across England, Wales and Northern Ireland from October 22-28.

The week, which will encompass World Spina bifida and Hydrocephalus Day, is the initiative of Shine, the charity dedicated to supporting everyone affected by spina bifida and hydrocephalus.

As well as being a part of an exhibition which is taking place in the European Parliament, Strasbourg, Shine is holding Mayor’s receptions across Northern Ireland to celebrate the lives of people with the two conditions. The first of these will be held by the Mayor of Derry on Tuesday, October 22.

A spokesperson for Shine said: “At this event the Mayor will get the opportunity to meet our members. We will also launch our Northern Ireland Go Folic video. Folic Acid significantly reduces the incidence of spina bifida.

“We want to encourage everybody to wear yellow and ‘Shine’ during this week. We would like schools, community groups and businesses to take part in the initiative. This is a simple way to raise awareness and funds during Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Awareness Week. The idea is that pupils, members or employees commit to wearing something yellow for the day – it can be a single item or a whole outfit – and everyone makes a donation of a pound to do so.

“The last Friday of the school term also falls during the week which means it is an ideal opportunity for schools to dress down for the day and become a part of the celebration.”

Spina bifida • Hydrocephalus • Information • Networking • Equality – SHINE is a charity working with babies, children, adults, and their families, living with spina bifida and hydrocephalus.

Through a network of dedicated Support and Development Workers, Health Advisers and Education Advisers, Shine ensures that everyone affected by the conditions live the fullest lives possible.

As members of the Shine community take part in Spina bifida and Hydrocephalus Awareness Week it is their belief that greater recognition of the challenges they face will lead to positive changes in how society views and interacts their conditions.

To find out more information about Spina bifida and Hydrocephalus Awareness Week please contact Cathy McKillop – E: cathy.mckillop@shinecharity.org.uk