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Schools urged to wear yellow for spina bifida

Schools are being urged to wear yellow to raise awareness of spina bifida

SCHOOLS are being urged to "wear yellow and shine" to raise awareness of spina bifida.

The charity Shine, which provides vital life-long support pre-birth and beyond to individuals and families, is keen to work with schools and colleges.

Shine wants to improve young people's knowledge of spina bifida and hydrocephalus.

Spina bifida develops during pregnancy and can cause a wide range of symptoms, including problems with movement, bladder and bowel, and problems associated with hydrocephalus - excess fluid on the brain.

A baby is more likely to have learning difficulties if they develop hydrocephalus.

Shine is now urging schools to take part in events to mark World Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Day on October 25, which aims to raise understanding and to advocate and promote the rights of people with these conditions.

Fundraiser Dr Anne Rice said she would talk to any school representative keen to take part in the event.

"You can do anything yellow, from dressing up to face-painting, just let us know what you've got planned and we'll send out a schools pack with lots more ideas for things you might want to do all year round," she said.

:: For more information or to request a pack contact Cathy McKillop on 07762574861 cathy.mckillop@shinecharity.org.uk.

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