Cavendish supports Shine’s Benny & Bella
Shine is a charity dedicated to supporting babies, children and adults living with spina bifida and hydrocephalus – two disabilities which require a very special kind of care and support.
Shine’s Benny & Bella New Year Balloon Race will raise precious funds to support over 1,300 children aged 0-8 years. Most of the children they help are born severely disabled and during childhood will go through multiple surgical procedures aimed at giving them a better quality of life. During these stressful, sometimes life threatening, times they support them and their families in every way Shine can.
Many children will be paralysed from the waist down and up to 90% have brain injuries through hydrocephalus. Shine’s work might ensure, for example, that they have the right wheelchair to suit their needs and are able to meet other children in similar situations to share their experiences. Health experts are also available to offer support practically and emotionally to the child and their family, and Shine organise various events throughout the year to bring Shine’s members together.
Shine also offer the children free membership of the Benny & Bella Bear Club. Benny & Bella are Shine’s mascot – Benny has hydrocephalus and Bella has spina bifida. Children love the idea of a bear just like them. Members of the Club receive a certificate and replica cuddly bear upon joining and are kept up to date with their adventures via various platforms throughout the year. Books are also published about their stays in hospital and day- to-day life, amongst other things, which the children can relate to.
Shine’s balloon race is a fun way to make a serious difference. Once you’ve bought a balloon you can view it online and personalise it. Then when the race starts you can follow its fortunes as it flies across landmarks and even boost its chances of winning through various social media platforms!
Should your balloon travel the furthest you get to choose from a choice of prizes for winning the race!
The balloons are being launched from Jerusalem on the 5th January – twelfth night.
If you would like to support Shine, please click here.