Clayden Financial is sponsoring three balloons in the Shine Wheelchair Wonders Race

June 30, 2017 10:09 am

Clayden Financial has sponsored three virtual balloons in this race which is due to start on July 3rd from Dusseldorf (the starting point of this year’s Tour de France, which starts on 1st July). There will be no end location for the balloon race, the balloons can head for anywhere in the world with the virtual wind moving them along! The Shine Balloon Race winners are those whose balloons have traveled furthest in seven days. Balloons are boosted by on-line activity, for example, sharing on Twitter.

The aim of the race is to raise funds to support Shine members that will never walk and are reliant on gaining mobility through the use of a wheelchair from as early as the age of three.

Shine needs to ensure that the wheelchairs provided are fit for purpose as due to stringent NHS funding more and more of their members are finding that their chairs are not being replaced in a time-honoured fashion to “grow” with them. Shine’s Occupational Therapy Service, which is funded entirely through voluntary donations, looks to ensure that this is adhered to and, if necessary, will intervene to ensure children have the best wheelchair to give them a good start in life. They also offer free advice and support to families and individuals on acquiring and using wheelchairs.Shine has many child and adult members who wish to get involved in various sports and require specially adapted wheelchairs in order to compete. Shine – and its supporters – help the individuals and families in raising the funds required to purchase wheelchairs and to realize their dreams.

As an organisation Shine also conducts teenage residential stays where wheelchair-using youngsters can try activities such as abseiling and canoeing. This gives them the confidence and realization that, although they may spend most of their lives in a wheelchair, this need not be a barrier to achieving their full potential and actively taking part in fun events.Throughout members’ lives, Shine offers advice on how to manage wear and tear on various joints as the constant propelling of a manual wheelchair can have long-term physical effects on the body, in particular on elbows and shoulders.Without generous support, the ability of Shine to continue providing these services would prove difficult. Concerned with the environmental impact of real balloon launches, Shine’s races are now virtual, online and interactive while still promoting the cause and raising money.

Shine (previously ASBAH) is Europe’s largest charity dedicated to supporting those living with spina bifida and hydrocephalus.  To find out more click here

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