17th September 1999

 

10TH ANNIVERSARY FOR UNI SPONSORSHIP

 

The 10th anniversary of sponsorship of a spina bifida charity by the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside is now approaching.

 

ULH’s international department, which deals with franchise colleges around the world, sponsors a balloon in a race of 3,000 to raise money for the Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus.

 

The university’s balloon has never won the annual race by travelling the furthest, but over the past 10 years ULH have contributed hundreds of pounds towards the charity’s valuable work.

 

Administrator Ina Nelson co-ordinates the sponsorship. “We are glad to give our support to ASBH which is always very appreciative of our continued interest in their work,” said Mrs Nelson.

 

Spina bifida causes paralysis in the legs and incontinence. Many sufferers also have hydrocephalus - fluid on the brain - which if not spotted early can cause brain damage and in some cases can be fatal.

 

The charity was set up 33 years ago by parents of disabled children and healthcare professionals. It now has an annual turnover of £2.5 million which is used to provide specialist help for families to give their children the best possible start in life.

 

Adults are given help in becoming more independent.

 

Public Relations manager Tony Britten says that spina bifida and hydrocephalus are less common than they were 33 years ago but more children being born with these disabilities could still be avoided.

 

“Folic acid before conception can prevent this condition developing altogether as the damage is done in the first 23 days of pregancy,” he said.

 

Ends

 

Sam Hendley

Press Officer

Marketing (Media Relations)

Tel: 01522 886042

Fax: 01522 882088

e-mail: shendley@lincoln.ac.uk