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Des Clarke gets audiences laughing for charity

One of Scotland’s top comedians Des Clarke had audiences in stitches when he took to the stage of Whitecraigs Rugby Club earlier this month to raise funds for Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland (SBH Scotland). 

The Capital Radio host was the star of the show which was organised by Newton Mearns Vets4Pets in aid of the specialist charity, which supports those affected by spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus. 

A total of £2,755 was raised from the evening and all funds will be donated to the charity to help provide personalised care, information and support to families across Scotland. 

Set up in 1965 by a group of parents, who each had a child with the complex and lifelong conditions of spina bifida/ or hydrocephalus, SBH Scotland now works with more than 3,500 people across Scotland, including children, young people and adults. 

Following the stand-up show, guests hit the dance floor and had the chance to win a selection of great prizes from the raffle. 

Des Clarke said; “I was delighted to support this charity event in aid of SBH Scotland. It was a great night and I think Vets4Pets Newton Mearns have done a brilliant job in bringing the local community together to generously support this great charity.” 

The Vets4Pets Newton Mearns team became aware of SBH Scotland through one of their clients. After hearing about the great work the organisation does in the local community, they were motivated to get involved. 

Michelle Barclay owner of the Newton Mearns Vets4Pets practice said; “SBH Scotland is a wonderful charity, doing great work to support families in Glasgow and beyond. We had a fantastic evening and were grateful to have one of Scotland’s funniest men on board to help us raise funds for such a worthwhile cause.” 

Deborah Roe, SBH Scotland fundraising director, said; “I would like to thank the team at Newton Mearns Vets4Pets and Des Clarke for coming together to provide a brilliant evening of entertainment in aid of SBH Scotland. Without their efforts and the efforts of others like them, we would not be able to provide vital support to families affected by these lifelong disabilities in communities across Scotland.” 

For further information about SBH Scotland, visit

Printed: Chantal Carr (SBH Scotland), Des Clarke, Michelle Barclay and Lorna Dempster (Vest4Pets)

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