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Patron: Duchess of Gloucester celebrates golden anniversary of charity

HRH the Duchess of Gloucester attended a golden anniversary charity service at Peterborough Cathedral earlier this week.

The Duchess has been patron of the Spina bifida charity (Shine), since 1973. Prior to 2011, Shine was referred to as the Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (ASBAH). The organisation is 75,000 members strong. Individuals, families, friends and professionals coming together to, “share achievements, challenges and information on living with hydrocephalus, or spina bifida, and related issues. Working together throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland, we strive to overcome challenges and achieve the best for you and your family.”

Shine provides support to people of all ages. there are online support groups for youth and those over 40 and for young children as well to help them cope with these disorders so that no one feels left out or on their own.

Birgitte met members from across the UK. Among them was a little girl, four-and-a-half year old Angel Wilcox, who was selected to present the duchess with a bouquet.

Kate Steel, Shine’s CEO, said: “What a great start to our golden year! It was so important to acknowledge the achievements of Shine over 50 golden years, and to meet so many members, in such a beautiful venue.

“Having the presence of our Patron, who has been such a support over the years, made this an extra special event.”

Shine Chairman, Richard Astle added: “So much has been achieved by the charity during the last 50 years. The service and support it provides is vital so if you are able to help us during 2016 to make sure this is a year to remember then we would very much appreciate the support.”

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