Festive funds go to Spina Bifida

Five-year-old Frank Golicki and fellow pupils at Andover Primary School pictured with the cheque for Spina Bifida, having rasied �378.97 in the run-up to Christmas.'Picture by photosonlocation.co.uk
Five-year-old Frank Golicki and fellow pupils at Andover Primary School pictured with the cheque for Spina Bifida, having rasied �378.97 in the run-up to Christmas.'Picture by photosonlocation.co.uk

Andover Primary School pupils were busy fund-raising over the festive period, managing to accumulate an amazing £378.97 for the Scottish Spina Bifida Association.

Money was raised from ticket sales to the pupils Christmas disco and through the sale of second hand toys.

The collection from the Christmas service was also donated to the Spina Bifida organisation.

Spina Bifida occurs during pregnancy, with most of those born with the condition being paralysed requiring the use a wheelchair.

They are likely to have urological and orthopaedic problems and 80 per cent have hydrocephalus, which causes complex neurological disorders, including problems with speech and impaired concentration.

There is no cure for the conditions, nobody knows why spina bifida occurs and it can happen to anyone regardless of age, ethnicity or social background.

The Scottish Spina Bifida Association (SSBA) is the only charity in Scotland to provide dedicated support services to everyone who has been affected by spina bifida and hydrocephalus since 1965.

Every individual or family situation is unique, but the primary remit includes providing advice on welfare issues, medical conditions, education, housing, emotional development, medical issues and leisure activities.

This Christmas, Franek Golicka, a primary one pupil at Andover, received a bespoke bike from the Spina Bifida Association.

He got together with fellow Andover pupils last week, where they proudly displayed a giant cheque, highlighting the money raised over the festive period.