Duo take express way over the river for SBH

Motherwell men Stuart Leckie and his friend Jim McGowan took part in "Glide the Clyde" in aid of specialist charity Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland.
Motherwell men Stuart Leckie and his friend Jim McGowan took part in "Glide the Clyde" in aid of specialist charity Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland.

A Motherwell dad zip-lined across the River Clyde to raise money for specialist charity Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland (SBH Scotland).

Stuart Leckie, whose three-year-old daughter Gemma has spina bifida and hydrocephalus, and his friend Jim McGowan were part of Team SBH Scotland who took part in “Glide the Clyde” which raised £15,000.

Gemma has been a member of the charity since she was born, working with the team to improve her development and physical movement.

Stuart said: “At our 20 week scan we were sent home with a yellow post-it note with hydrocephalus written on it and a leaflet about termination.

“With no information and so many questions, we went to see SBH Scotland the next day. The team were great and calmly talked us through the conditions and the possibilities.

“Gemma is now three-years-old and benefits greatly from one-to- one support from the charity, but it’s my wife and I who are really benefitting at this stage. SBH Scotland has been a real Godsend to us and made a huge difference to our lives and Gemma’s.”

SBH Scotland was formed in 1965 by a group of parents who each had a child with spina bifida and hydrocephalus and now supports over 3,500 children,

For more information visit www.sbhscotland.org.uk, call 03455 211 600 or e-mail fundraising@sbhscotland.org.uk.