Race Archive

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Shine’s Health Development Team are vital to our approach in supporting all of our members.

1st August 2022 Health Advice Service Appeal Balloon Race

Shine is almost entirely funded by the generosity of the general public. Our balloon races make a significant contribution to our funds every year.


17th June 2022  Go Yellow & Support Shine

Shine supports thousands of adults living with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus, across England, Wales and Northern Ireland

20th May 2022 Adult Support Balloon Race

Neural tube defects (NTDs) are conditions which arise early in a baby’s development in the womb. NTDs affect 1 in 775 pregnancies in the UK. One type of NTD, spina bifida (literally, ‘split spine’) can cause multiple health complications and bring lifelong challenges. Anencephaly is an NTD which causes an unborn baby’s brain and skull to under-develop in the womb. It is always fatal.

29th April 2022  Shine's Go Folic Balloon Race.

Hydrocephalus, a build-up of fluid on the brain, can develop at any time in anyone’s lifeIt can have a range of physical and cognitive effects, including issues with reasoning, short-term memory, language, visual problems and early puberty in children. 

7th March 2022 Hydrocephalus Awareness Balloon Race

The teenage years are vitally important for those with spina bifida and hydrocephalus.

Teenage Support Balloon Race February 2022

Shine’s specialist health advisors provide emotional support to parents-to-be following a diagnosis of anencephaly & after the loss of their baby. 

5th November 2021 Anencephaly Awareness Balloon Race.


The Citi Belfast Virtual Balloon race is open to all staff and their family members.


The Citi Belfast Virtual Balloon Race supporting Spina Bifida Awareness Week 25th October to 1st November

Shine’s aim is to engage, empower and enable all our members to have better lives by helping them to share with others their personal experiences of life with spina bifida.

1st October 2021 Spina Bifida Awareness Balloon Race