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    • Team Shine Triathlon

Three highly committed staff members of the national charity Shine will be competing in the team category of the Virgin Active London Triathlon this September in their attempt to raise over £1500.

Spina bifida • Hydrocephalus • Information • Networking • Equality – SHINE is the only charity working nationally to support everyone affected by spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus.

Andrew Ellis, Kathy Shaw, and Robin Barnatt (pictured), who all work in different sections of the Fundraising and Health Development Teams, will each take on an individual discipline in the Olympic distance of the triathlon which consists of a 1500m swim, 40km cycle, and 10km run.

Kathy, who works as a Project Development Officer for the charity and will be the cyclist for the team, explains, ‘With so many people committing to our 20 charity places for this great race we thought what better way to get involved than to enter our own Shine triathlon Team.’

Since relaunching as Shine in October 2011 the charity has gone from strength to strength and the Fundraising Team are already beginning to see the results of this positive change.

Andrew, who will be completing the swim leg of the race, says, ‘The number of people entering running and triathlon races for us this year is increasing each day, we are delighted to see this success and I can’t wait to dive in and be a part of this year’s fundraising efforts.’

 The charity, which currently has 10,000 members across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, offers support through a network of regional development workers and a core staff based at the Head Office in Peterborough.

Robin, whose work includes guiding people though the complex health issues related to the conditions, will complete the final stage of the triathlon as the team’s runner, ‘As much as I enjoy my work here in the office, it will be great to get out there and make a difference through this event. I’m already training and look forward to taking Shine to the streets of London this September.’

Donations can be made online at: or by sending the following text message: Text GIFT42 the £2, 5, or 10 to 70070

To arrange an interview or for more information please contact Tom Scott, on 01733 421361 / 07769 217050 or email 

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