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William Hill takes ‘Mighty Stride’ for SBH Scotland

Employees from William Hill are putting their best foot forward for specialist charity, Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland (SBH Scotland), by taking part in one of the country’s biggest charity challenges, the Royal Bank of Scotland Kiltwalk. 

More than 100 staff will lace up their walking boots to traipse, trek and roam over 23 miles through Scotland’s most prominent cities. In Glasgow alone up to 30 employees are expected to complete the route, which stretches from Glasgow Green to Balloch Park.

A smaller group of hardened walkers have backed themselves to complete all four legs of the events, which take place in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen between April and September. 

The fundraisers are hoping to raise £6,000 for their nominated charity of choice, SBH Scotland, which provides support to children, young people and adults with spina bifida and hydrocephalus. The complex conditions caused by a fault in the spinal column when vertebrae do not form properly (spina bifida) and a build-up of fluid in the brain (hydrocephalus) affect approximately 1 in 1000 pregnancies every year in Scotland and there is no known cure. 

The donation from William Hill will be used to fund crucial services, such as weekly visits by dedicated support workers, adapted activities for children and group sessions. 

As part of the ongoing campaign to support SBH Scotland, brave souls from the company’s Aberdeen branch also abseiled 130ft down the Northern Lights Tower at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre so far raising more than £1,000 in the process which William Hill will generously match. 

Deborah Roe, fundraising director at SBH Scotland said; “As a charity which receives little statutory funding, we rely heavily on the efforts of our corporate partners as well our individual supporters. 

“To have so many people from William Hill sign up to this challenge means a lot to our organisation and the money raised will make a huge difference to the lives of so many families. 

“23 miles isn’t a walk in the park, and I would like to wish everyone the very best of luck.” 

Paul Cooney, Chief Executive of Kiltwalk, said: “We would like to wish the team at William Hill the best of luck as they prepare to take on their Kiltwalk Challenge. Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland is a very worthy charity and with the extra 40% boost to funds by The Hunter Foundation, their efforts will make a big difference!” 

Tracey Campbell, Area Manager for William Hill Glasgow, will be taking on three of the walks in Glasgow, Edinburgh and St Andrews to Dundee. 

She said, “While I’m sure it will be enjoyable, I’m expecting tired feet and probably times where we are walking in the rain. We’re a very motivated team, and knowing the money is going to such a good cause will give us the strength to keep marching on. 

“We chose to fundraise for SBH Scotland on a company-wide level after hearing some of the inspirational stories from our Peterhead branch, which has been supporting the charity for a number of years. The organisation has such a positive impact on so many, and we are proud to be part of the journey.”

To support William Hill’s Kiltwalk challenge, please visit https://glasgowkiltwalk2018.everydayhero.com/uk/william-hill-region-10-kiltwalk-challenge/members 

If you want to take part in the Kiltwalk for SBH Scotland find out more at www.sbhscotland.org.uk/content/kiltwalk/

The fundraising team can also be reached on 03455 211 600 and email fundraising@sbhscotland.org.uk.

Pictured: William Hill staff with SBH Scotland’s Ellie Myles.

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