GB Women’s #Wheelchair #Basketball Team announced 4 World Championships 2014 @BritWheelBBall

Joy Haizelden wheelchair basketball

GB Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team is ready to take on the world with a young and developing team at the 2014 World Championships (Toronto, 20th– 28th June 2014).

The current European Bronze Medallists, Great Britain, head to Toronto at the end of June led by the new coaching duo of Miles Thompson and Mathew Foden and will be looking to improve on GB’s 6th place at the World Championships in 2010.

GB Women’s Head Coach, Miles Thompson, will give two players their debuts in a Major Championship, bringing in Fi Tillman (GLL & Aspire London Titans), as well as Joy Haizelden (Blackhawk Mallards and Hampshire Hornets), who will be the youngest member of the team at just 15 years old.

Thompson said, “The two new players add something extra to the team, the energetic Fi Tillman brings with her energy and a voice that sparks not only herself but the rest of the team, she is a great component to have in any team. Whilst the youngster Joy Haizelden, alongside Charlotte Moore, are the next generation of GB basketball to the forefront and they are here to stay. They will not only perform in the future but now as well.

“At the World Championships we want the team to unite itself and make sure we are all pulling from the same side of the rope in all situations, both on and off the court. Our goal is the same as at any tournament we enter as GB and that is to get into the semi-final and take it from there.”

Great Britain will open their Championship campaign in Pool B alongside London 2012 Gold Medallists Germany, Canada, China, Japan, and Brazil.

GB Women’s Team for World Championships:

  • Sophie Carrigill (20, Wakefield)
  • Charlotte Moore (15, Coventry)
  • Clare Griffiths (34, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire)
  • Fi Tillman (39, Herstmonceux, East Sussex)
  • Louise Sugden (29, Wokingham)
  • Laurie Williams (22, Altrincham, Manchester)
  • Joy Haizelden (15, Southampton)
  • Helen Turner (36, Chobham, Surrey)
  • Helen Freeman (24, Watford)
  • Judith Hamer (23, Exeter)
  • Amy Conroy (21, Norwich)
  • Madeleine Thompson (19, Hope Valley, Derbyshire)

GB Women’s World Championship team will be in action at the Tri Nations Cup 2014 this weekend (Friday 18th and Saturday 19th April) at the University of Worcester Arena. For more information please visit:

Don Broco return to hometown for sell-out charity gig @BedfordTC @BedfordTweets @BedfordEsquires

Don Broco

Date: Tuesday 8th April 2014

Time: Doors open at 7pm

Location: Esquires, Bedford

A local band of rising stars is set to return to its hometown of Bedford to help fundraise for charity, all in honour of their friend’s niece.

The big-hearted band, Don Broco, jumped at the chance to support their former school pal, Aaron Whitlock, in his fundraising efforts ahead of the London Marathon. The band members, who have known each other since attending Bedford High, formed in 2008 and they are now gaining chart success, as well as a legion of fans who follow them across the country to their gigs. The dedication of their local fans was demonstrated when this homecoming charity gig sold out within 24 hours!

Aaron’s niece, Lucy-Rose, was born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus. He is fundraising for Shine, a charity which supports anyone affected by these two conditions. Aaron and his sister Hannah will be running the London Marathon (the second year in a row for Hannah!) on April 13th. The pair have set themselves an ambitious fundraising target of £4,000!

However, with the offer of help from Don Broco and an extremely successful quiz night organised by Hannah, which raised £3,250 last week, the family fundraising duo are now hoping to hit the £10,000 mark before race day!

Aaron and Hannah are ecstatic with the response to gig and the quiz, and now can’t wait for race day. Aaron comments, “Hannah was just 18 when she was told that Lucy-Rose had spina bifida and hydrocephalus; even at that age she was so brave and determined. Hannah is the best Mum to Lucy-Rose and I can’t wait for Team Whitlock to cross the finishing line at the London Marathon. I’m so proud of Lucy-Rose and Hannah and this is my way of supporting them and Shine.”

For more information please visit the Don Broco website!

Or visit the Bedford Esquires website!

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ASPIRE with Shine – Essex @ZincArts @CharityDigiNews @ThirdSector #SpinaBifida #Hydrocephalus


Event Date/Time: July 11, 2014 – July 13, 2014
Location: Zinc Arts Centre, Chipping Ongar, Essex, CM5 0AD

A residential weekend for 16-25 year old members. Part of Shine’s Life Long Opportunities Programme.

  • A – Aim High
  • S – Success
  • P – Possibilities
  • I – Imagine
  • R – Realise
  • E – Explore

Have-a-go sessions include:

  • Writing CVs and finding employment
  • Raising self esteem
  • Selection of sports
  • Making music
  • Producing an animation …….. and more!

There’ll be exhibition stands for you to visit throughout Saturday to give you ideas to help you plan your future. While on Saturday evening you can enjoy a themed evening dinner with guest speaker!

Cost: £190 per person and a Carer’s price of £60 with a separate programme. We are also able to offer day rates on request and there are various payment methods available.

CLOSING DATE 2nd June 2014

For more information please contact Joan Pheasant or Denise Richardson on T: 0113 255 6767, E: or via 64 Bagley Lane, Leeds, LS28 5LY.

Visit the Zinc Arts website!

Milton Keynes Shine Drop In #SpinaBifida #Hydrocephalus @mk_citizen @mkcouncil

Milton Keynes

Event Date/Time: April 10, 2014 10:30AM – 12:00PM
Location: Macintyre at The Point, Central Milton Keynes, MK9 3NB

Anyone living with IIH, spina bifida or hydrocephalus and/or their families are welcome to pop in for a cuppa and a chat, with our Support and Development Worker for the area, John Richards.

  • Event: Shine Event
  • Event Type: Social
  • Event Cost: Pay on the day – see details

Cost Details: a donation towards refreshments and venue fees would be welcome.

For more information or to confirm your attendance please contact John Richards by E: or via Facebook!


Berkshire Family Day! #SpinaBifida #Hydrocephalus @getreading @westberkshire


Event Date/Time: April 26, 2014 2:00PM – 4:00PM
Location: The Oasis, 21 Baker Street, Reading, RG1 7XT

“An opportunity for parents and children under the age of 16 to meet and socialise.” Shine Support and Development Workers will also be in attendance, offering any advice and support you may need.

Please note: There is limited parking at the venue, parking nearby at The Carey Centre, Anstey, Road, Reading, RG1 7JR

For further information or to confirm your attendance please contact Jo Tailor by T: 01959 534618 E: or via Facebook! Or Angela Bailey  by T: 01293 775775 E: or via Facebook!


YOU’RE invited to Sunday Lunch in Bedford! #SpinaBifida #Hydrocephalus @bedfordtweets

lunch hall

Event Date/Time: April 13, 2014 12:30PM – 3:00PM
Location: The Orchard, 1 Riverfield Drive, Bedford MK14 0UE

Come and join Shine’s Support and Development Worker, John Richards for lunch at the Harvester and meet up with other families living with IIH, Spina Bifida and/or Hydrocephalus in the Bedford area.

If you are interested please contact John before April 4th to confirm attendance.

For further information or to confirm your attendance please contact John Richards via E: or F:

  • Event: Shine Event
  • Event Type: Social
  • Event Cost: Pay on the day – see details
  • Cost Details: Individual costs of meals.

Alternatively, you can also just turn up or make your own booking for the day. Hope to see you there!

If YOU have a TWITTER account you can also help PROMOTE the event by simply clicking/touching the button below!

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Lincolnshire Support Group! #SpinaBifida #Hydrocephalus @LincsEcho @LincolnshireCC


Event Date/Time: April 16, 2014 11:00AM – 1:30PM
Location: Member’s House, North Hykeham, Lincolnshire

A support group for parents with children that have spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus.

This event will be held at a member’s house in North Hykeham, Lincolnshire, so please do contact Sharon Lapsley before hand, to confirm your attendance.

Commenting, Sharon said:

“Come along and enjoy some refreshments in a relaxed atmosphere, whilst the children play!”

For more details, contact Sharon Lapsley by T: 01536 400959, E: or via Facebook!

  • Event: Shine Event
  • Event Type: Social
  • Event Cost: Free
  • Cost Details: Free to attend

CASTING CALL: Are you 18-35? Do YOU have #SpinaBifida +/or #Hydrocephlaus – Ricochet TV wants 2 hear from YOU!

Zoe and Jason

If you’re aged 18-35 and in the process of employing a care worker/personal assistant with similar interests and hobbies to yourself, then Ricochet Television want to hear from you!

Would you be willing to talk about your previous experiences with care workers/ personal assistants?

If so, UK based Television Company Ricochet are looking to speak with young adults with a disability who are on the hunt for a likeminded care worker/ personal assistant. We want to hear a little bit about yourself, your interests and also your experiences with care workers/ personal assistants in the past.

If this sounds like something you or someone you know would be interested in, I would love to hear from you. Please contact me, Beth Read on or call me on 01273 224800.

*Please note that getting in contact does not oblige you to take part in the programme.

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Shine Independent Futures – Coventry #SpinaBifida #Hydrocephalus @HerewardCollege @covtelegraph

Shine Independent Futures


Event Date/Time: May 9, 2014 – May 11, 2014
Location: The Lodge, Hereward College, Bramston Crescent, Tile Hill, Coventry, CV4 9SW

Shine’s lifelong opportunities programme 2014

A 3 day/2 night residential event for a limited number of adult members and a carer/parent to identify some crucial steps and skills towards achieving and maintaining independence in the future.

This event will include:

  • Steps towards basic cooking skills.
  • Address everyday domestic skills required to live independently.
  • Plan for budgeting and managing personal finances.
  • Provide sources of information on working towards and maintaining independence.
  • Enable learning of personal care skills on an individual basis.
  • Address time management techniques/planning ahead and organising a daily routine.
  • Provide a social opportunity for members to mix together with others who share the same aspirations!

Cost £180 – For one member and a carer for two nights including meals and accessible accommodation.

For an application form contact: Maureen Jobson, Shine, 42 Park Road, Peterborough, PE1 2UQ. T: 01733 555988 E: or via Facebook!

Places are extremely limited so please apply as soon as possible.

Closing date for completed applications is 14/03/14

“This event is aimed at members aspiring to live independently!”


Our LATEST Fundraising Brochure is now available on @SlideShare #SpinaBifida #Hydrocephalus

At every stage of life, Shine has a role to play…

Shine supports over 9,000 people with spina bifida and hydrocephalus, and their families, across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

World Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus day!October 25th, 2014
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Family Opportunity Weekend 2014 - Coventry

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