Why 20 people will be walking on fire this October

20 valiant individuals will soon be gathering in Peterborough to face their fears and achieve something they never dared to dream of – by tackling a 12 foot firewalk!

The Shine Golden Firewalk will take place on Saturday 8th October 2016 at Knarr Farm, Thorney, in aid of the charity, which runs services for people with spina bifida and hydrocephalus.

All firewalkers will benefit from a two-hour pre-event seminar with Firewalk instructor and CEO, Steve Consalvez, designed to build lasting confidence and help personal development. Then they’ll take on the 12ft fire pit in front of friends and family!

But why put yourself through such a challenge?

Sisters Stacie and Kelley Edwards (below) from Peterborough have decided to take part, after the support they received from Shine. Kelly (29) is mum to Jack, 3, (pictured) who has spina bifida, and 10 month-old Charlie.


Admin Officer, Stacie (25) explains:

“Walking on fire isn’t something either of us have done before and will be only the second fundraising event we’ve taken part in! It is an opportunity to do something outside of our comfort zone, and a unique way to raise money for a charity close to our hearts. My nephew, Kelly’s son, Jack was born with spina bifida. After being told at the 20 week scan, the rest of the pregnancy was filled with trepidation about what the future would hold. Shine were really helpful and informative, offering support to Kelly and her fiancé Graham, and we felt this was the right time to give back to Shine by raising some funds (our target is £500!) and help spread awareness.”

Sharon Morgan, 50, whose daughter Hilary has spina bifida and hydrocephalus, will also be taking part. She explains why she has travelled all the way from Sheffield to Peterborough to walk on hot coals: “I’m not very athletic and can’t run marathons, but when I saw the firewalk event for Shine, I thought this is something different I can do for a good cause. It’s more a mental challenge, and an opportunity for personal development and confidence building too. Hilary will be there to cheer me on!”


Sharon Morgan with daughter Hilary today


Hilary learning to walk

Also taking part in the event will be Nichola Holland, from Windsor.

“I chose the firewalk as it is something completely different from the norm, and an opportunity which doesn’t come along often. This is completely out of my comfort zone! I am hoping the event will show that if you try you can achieve your goals.”


Nichola and Phil, both 37, hold down responsible jobs – Nichola as a Procurement Executive and Phil designing commercial office layouts for TJX. Both love sport and Phil has run a marathon in aid of Shine. Yet Phil has hydrocephalus, where cerebrospinal fluid can build up in the brain. This affects him every day – his left side is much weaker and he can experience severe headaches, which have to be monitored.

Also taking part will be the Ratcliffe family from Peterborough, including parents Fay and Aaron, and members of the extended family. Young Maya, who has lived experience of spina bifida and hydrocephalus and has already tackled many fundraising challenges for Shine, will be supervising from the sidelines this time, before preparing to tackle a Snowdon challenge for Shine in 2017!


There is still time to enter – deadline Wednesday 28th September. For details, see http://www.shinecharity.org.uk/support/fundraising/activechallenges/firewalk

Activity Day at High Ashurst #Dorking @SOLDoutdoors

Activity Day at High Ashurst #Dorking @SOLDoutdoors

Event Date/Time: October 1, 2016 10:00AM – 4:30PM
Location: High Ashurst Outdoor Education Centre, Headley Lane, Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6DQ

Are you aged 8 to 13? Would you like to try some different outdoor activities and make some new friends?


If so, come and spend the day with Shine at High Ashurst Acitvity Centre.

  • Booking is essential as places are limited.
  • Each child must be accompanied by one parent / carer.

For a booking form, please contact Joanne Tailor by E: joanne.tailor@shinecharity.org.uk or T: 01959 534618 or via Facebook.

In association with the Peter Harrison Foundation.

Wanna walk through fire to help celebrate the #ShineGoldenAnniversary?

Wanna walk through fire to help celebrate the #ShineGoldenAnniversary?

The shortest sponsored walk ever!

“Face your fears, boost your confidence, and celebrate Shine’s Golden Anniversary at our first ever Firewalk event!”

To sign up simply VISIT HERE!


You will take part in a two-hour long seminar with Steve Consalvez, designed to build lasting confidence and help your personal development. Then you’ll take on the 12ft fire pit in front of friends and family!

This experience costs just £30. There is no minimum sponsorship requirement, but we do encourage all participants to fundraise for Shine’s vital work with individuals and families touched by spina bifida and hydrocephalus.

LIKE more information? Please let us know below or if you want to sign up straight away, simply VISIT HERE!

You’re invited to attend the Regatta! @RFTDhenley @PhyllisCourt

You’re invited to attend the Regatta! @RFTDhenley @PhyllisCourt

Event Date/Time: September 3, 2016 10:00AM – 3:00PM
Location: Phyllis Court Club, Marlow Road, Henley on Thames, RG9 2HT

You’re invited to attend the next Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire support group!

“Regatta for the Disabled is a wonderful opportunity for children and adults with a disability to enjoy a great variety of land and river based activities they would normally consider unavailable to them.”


If you’d like to join us for a fun day at Henley Regatta for the disabled, please book your place today and remember to please bring a picnic!

  • Event: Shine Event
  • Event Type: Social
  • Event Cost: Ticket in advance – see details
  • Cost Details: £2.50 per person, Children under 4 – free, One carer free per family and Free parking
  • Website: www.regattaforthedisabled.org

Please contact Joanne Tailor for a booking form via E: joanne.tailor@shinecharity.org.uk or T: 019595 534618 or Facebook.

Payment to be made at the time of booking via cheque or postal order (payable to Shine).

In association with the Peter Harrison Foundation.


£200 raised from a #WearYellowAndShine pays for ……

£200 raised from a #WearYellowAndShine pays for ……

Don’t forget that throughout this year we are asking kind hearted people to go loud, feel proud and wear yellow – and help Shine celebrate its 50th year!

Wear Yellow and Shine Button

You can wear yellow, bake yellow, ride yellow, tattoo yellow, whatever works for you… But, what about setting yourself a target to raise at least £200?


Q: Why? A: Well, £200 would help Shine provide a one-day educational workshop for parents/carers!🙂

It can be done ……… for example, in 2015 Hampton Vale Primary School in Peterborough raised £255 with a wear yellow day and The Crown Inn in Leyburn, North Yorkshire raised £1,500!


Additional WYAS Information:

27 welsh miles and 3000ft of climbing …. #Cycle4Shine!

27 welsh miles and 3000ft of climbing …. #Cycle4Shine!

We’d LIKE to say a MASSIVE thank you to a young rider called Seb, who recently cycled over 27 welsh miles and 3000ft of climbing with his Dad and brother to raise money for Shine!

So far he has raised an amazing  instead raised well over £800!

It was part of his Archbishop of York Award. “Seb decided that he wanted to raise money for a charity that has helped him and his family since before he was even born.” Seb is also a member of the local Go-Ride club and also trains with a British Cycling coach in Manchester at the outdoor velodrome, Tameside.

To make a donation to Seb, please VISIT HERE!

More photos are available to view on Facebook here!

Could you raise £275 by doing a #Cycle4Shine?

Could you raise £275 by doing a #Cycle4Shine?

Did you know that if you were able to raise £275 it would help pay for 5 home or hospital visits by a Shine Support and Development Worker, to individuals, or families with a newborn, with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus?

One way to raise money for our charity is to choose to #Cycle4Shine!

“Whether you choose to plan your own route or join an organised event, it’s a great way to fundraise for Shine. Go it alone or sign up with friends and hit those trails!”


If you’d like to find out more, please let us know below or pop a message through direct to our fundraising team by visiting: http://bit.ly/ContactFundraising