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SPECIALIST charity Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland (SBH Scotland) is set to host its first fundraiser since lockdown – a 10,000ft skydive.

The charity, which provides tailored services to young people and their families affected by the lifelong conditions of spina bifida and hydrocephalus, will be taking to the skies at Errol Airfield in Perthshire, on 22 and 23 August.

The challenge will see 38 adrenaline junkies from across Scotland freefalling through the clouds, reaching speeds of 120mph before landing by parachute.

With an annual requirement to raise over £1milllon, and with little statutory support, fundraising activities are essential to the survival of the charity.

Last year, 30 participants raised £11,000 for the charity, and SBH Scotland is hoping this year’s event will exceed this total.

Deborah Roe, fundraising director at SBH Scotland said:

“This year has been difficult for so many charities. The cancellation of fundraising events has had a devasting impact on our sector and it will likely be a long time before we return to normal levels of activity. We know it is still a difficult time for many out there, but donations to charities are key for the sector to survive.

“Our summer skydive fundraiser is always a huge hit and we are thrilled to have supporters taking part in this year’s event. So many people tell us that a skydive is something they want to do in their lifetime, and what better way to do it than to do it for charity!

“For the adrenaline junkies out there, it’s still not too late to sign up! Whether you’re a thrill-seeker or you’re looking to conquer your fears, this fundraiser will be a truly memorable experience.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the charity, which is expected to lose 50% of its income by the end of the year due to a drop in donations.

Taking place on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 August, the skydive will adhere to social distancing measures and government regulations. A minimum sponsorship of £450 is required for those who wish to take part.

SBH Scotland provides a vast range of dedicated services, including home visits, workshops and financial support to over 3,500 members.

For more information and to sign up, visit www.sbhscotland.org.uk/skydive

For more information on SBH Scotland and to keep up to date on other fundraising opportunities taking place across Scotland, visit www.sbhscotland.org.uk

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