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Sponsored walk to help raise awareness of birth defects

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A SPONSORED walk has been organised in Warrington to help raise awareness of spina bifida and hydrocephalus.

Spina bifida is the most commonly occurring permanently disabling birth defect. It has an effect on the development of the spine, spinal cord and the brain.

In about 90% of people with spina bifida, the alteration to the brains development causes hydrocephalus. This means that there is extra fluid in and around the brain. The extra fluid can cause the spaces in the brain, called ventricles, to become too large and the head can swell.

Shine, a national charity supporting people across the area has organised the walk at Walton Hall and Gardens on August 8 at 11am.

The event, named Sunshine Wheel and Walk, is open to everyone and event organiser and local Support and Development Worker, Angela Lansley, said she hopes the event will raise awareness of the conditions and funds for Shine.

She added: “We are really looking forward to the day and hope the event will bring people together to have fun whilst supporting Shine.”

The event will see participants walk or wheel around the picturesque Hall and Gardens.

There is no registration fee for the event but participants are asked to register in advance and if possible raise sponsorship money for Shine.

To register for the event or to find out more, email rachel.thomas@shinecharity.org.uk

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