Did YOU know, that 4 years ago this week, POOL star Ian Lea, who was born with spina bifida and plays from his wheelchair, became the first disabled player to lift a March pool league doubles trophy! (source)
Back then, Ian cruised to victory with partner Declan Gilmore on Sunday 24th April, with a whitewash of Tony Nosworthy and Anthony Henson 5-0 to secure the Cherry Automatic March & District Pool League doubles title.
“I was really nervous before, but once we started the nerves turned to concentration – everything that we went for just seemed to come off. It made me feel very proud to win it.” Ian Lea (From Turves)
Since that day, Ian has continued to play pool regularly and this year his team won the Division 1 & Team KO Cup titles! – Not bad, eh?
For more information and details on the Club Q March and District Pool League please visit their website!
The Health Hub aims to offer all-round support to people with spina bifida and hydrocephalus, providing health checks for those able to visit the health suite, and telephone, and online support to anyone with SB/H in need of help.
All Shine’s health services staff are fully qualified nurses or Occupational Health practitioners. As well as offering general help, Robin Barnatt also specialises in keeping people mentally healthy.
Gill Yaz, who manages our health services, has almost twenty years experience in working with people who have SB/H and parents diagnosed with an NTD pregnancy. We also have nurses on the staff in some of our regions and we hope there will soon be a regional health lead in each regional team.
Through our Health Hub work we can offer support with any health issue affecting our members. We not only offer advice but can help you in managing your relationships with the health services that you access within the NHS and elsewhere.
“We not only offer advice but can help you in managing your relationships with the health services that you access within the NHS and elsewhere.”
Bladder problems can be a particular challenge for people with spina bifida. The generous donation of £4,500 from Peterborough Lions for a new bladder scanner enables our specialist team to spot urinary problems which are a common cause of incontinence, infections and kidney damage that reduce quality of life, and can be life-threatening.
The Health Hub also has an independence training kitchen suitable for people with severe disabilities to enable them to learn basic cooking, cleaning and household management skills; Independent living skills in a accessible training kitchen facility.
Go Folic! is a national campaign started by the charity Shine in 2011, to help raise vital awareness among all women of childbearing age about the importance of taking folic acid BEFORE becoming pregnant.
Doing this helps reduce the risk of serious birth defects of the brain and spine, called Neural Tube Defects, like spina bifida and anencephaly.
Supporters at Shine are celebrating its 50th birthday by calling on friends to pull on their walking boots and join them for a 50 mile walk.
The challenge is for walkers and fundraisers to walk from Ely Cathedral to the Bluebell Inn in Helpston on Saturday, July 23. Participants can join in as much or as little of the walk as they like to mark the 50th year for the charity which helps families and individuals affected by spina bifida and hydrocephalus.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for us to celebrate and raise awareness of the vital work Shine does while marking its 50th anniversary.” – Richard Astle (Chairman of Shine)
The route has stops in Welney, Turves, Whittlesey, the Key Theatre, Ferry Meadows and Helpston, and some of the legs are suitable for wheelchair users and pushchairs. Alternatively local businesses could create a team and treat the walk as a relay or even a competition!
“We’re aware it’s a big challenge but we’re hoping a lot of people will want to join. Even if you can’t do the whole 50 miles, feel free to join us for a mile or two. It’s going to be a fun opportunity to fundraise for a great cause.” – Richard Astle (Chairman of Shine)
For further information or to pledge support, please contact Shelley Green on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01733 555988.