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Looking for something different? Need an indoor challenge to get you through the winter months? Here are some of our favourite active challenge ideas, including some that are perfect for Shine members!

Swimming

When it comes to a sponsored swim, the possibilities are endless! You could swim the English Channel in your local pool - simply set your distance (34km for the Channel) and tot up those miles! Or, sign up for an organised event like a Great Swim open water swim or ParaSwim.

Shark Dives

A swimming challenge with a difference! Blue Planet Aquarium, Chester, and SeaLife London both offer shark dives for visitors. Sign up, raise sponsorship, and do something a little scary for Shine! *Blue Planet also offer Shark Dives for people with disabilities - we can help members arrange this!

Zip Line

ZipWorld Velocity: The fastest zipline in the world, and the longest in Europe! If you’re a thrill-seeker, this exciting activity based in Snowdonia is ideal! This activity it open all year round, so is a perfect way to beat the winter blues by helping a good cause!

Gym-based Challenges

Go the distance while never facing the cold weather by completing a challenge in your local gym! Set a date, grab your gym buddies, and take on a marathon challenge to raise funds for Shine. Popular options include a gym-based triathlon or a 24h static bike relay.

Shine-a-thon

Choose your activity, choose your location, and organise your very own Shine-a-thon! From Zumba to wheelchair dance, whatever you’re into, get your friends along and make it a FUNdraising challenge!

For more ideas or some fundraising tips, get in touch with the fundraising team via  T: 01733 555988 or E: 
 

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Did You Know?

Some babies with spina bifida are now operated on before they are born, via keyhole surgery.

Hydrocephalus can be congenital or acquired.

NPH (Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus) is an excessive build-up of fluid in the head.

Hydrocephalus is a build up of excess fluid in the brain.

Some 11 - 35% of people with Intracranial Hypertension recover spontaneously.

Most babies with spina bifida undergo surgery within 48 hours of birth.

“Every effort should be made to ensure that all children are immunized, no opportunity to immunize should be missed.”

If you have spina bifida +/or hydrocephalus you should receive the same vaccinations as any others, when going abroad.

Hydrocephalus comes from the Greek "hydro" meaning water and "cephalie", meaning brain.

Some forms of hydrocephalus require no specific treatment.

Medical advice should always be sought if shunt infection is suspected.

Shunt: a device that diverts accumulated cerebro-spinal fluid around the obstructed pathways back to the bloodstream.

Possible signs of chronic shunt blockage include: fatigue, general malaise or behavioural changes.

A shunt alert card should be carried at all times by people with hydrocephalus treated by a shunt.

Possible signs of acute shunt blockage may include: visual disturbances, drowsiness and seizures.

Symptoms of Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus are similar to Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease or simply increasing age.

NPH (Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus) occurs most often in people aged over 60.

Benign Intracranial Hypertension aka Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension affects about one or two in every 100,000 people!

Symptoms associated with raised intracranial pressure; headache, visual disturbances, photophobia, vomiting, problems with balance...

Diagnosis of Intracranial Hypertension is by scan + measurement of the CSF pressure.

Babies born prematurely are at increased risk of developing hydrocephalus.

Shine can raise money by recycling your used inkjet cartridges, toners or CDs and DVDs.

Para-athletes with spina bifida and hydrocephalus compete in sports ranging from cycling to dressage.

Hydrocephalus may affect memory, concentration and behaviour.

The usual treatment for hydrocephalus is to insert a shunt into the brain.

CSF stands for cerebro-spinal fluid.

Benny Bear is a teddy with hydrocephalus who helps children understand the condition.

Shine is always looking for Marathon Runners to help with fundraising.

Spina bifida occulta is a hidden form of spina bifida.

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