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About this race:
Learning your unborn child will require major surgery within hours of their birth and still be paralysed below the waist and have brain injury through hydrocephalus is, as you can appreciate, a very traumatic experience, requiring support and advice from Shine’s experienced advisers. We can also put them in touch with parents that have been through a very similar experience.
When the baby comes home Shine’s nearest Support and Development Worker (SDW) will visit to answer any questions the parents may have regarding the daily procedure of caring for their newborn. The SDW will then be available via all the usual 21st century contact methods, including Skype, and if things become really challenging regular home visits will be scheduled.
The babies themselves are welcomed into the Shine family by becoming members of our Benny & Bella Bear Club and given a replica bears (the Charity’s mascots) to give them a sense of belonging from their first day at home.
By supporting Shine through sponsoring a balloon you will help to ensure that we are able to continue providing the services outlined above and support when needed to our newborns.
The balloons will be ‘released’ on International Wheelchair Day , founded in 2008 by Steve Wilkinson. Mr Wilkinson was born in 1953 and has spina bifida. The balloons will be launched from his home county, Tyne & Wear.
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The balloons will be launched on 01st March 2020 from Gateshead Millennium Bridge.