Scoliosis Campaign Fund is a joint fundraising venture between British Scoliosis Research Foundation, who fund research into the causes and treatment of scoliosis and Scoliosis Association (UK), a patient support charity. The two organisations have worked closely for several years and became officially affiliated in November, 2006. All money raised from the activities is divided equally between the two charities. Every penny SCF raises goes towards helping to support people with the condition as well as funding research into the causes and treatment of scoliosis. By supporting SCF, you're helping people with scoliosis now and in the future! We have some fantastic fundraising events which can all be seen on our new, updated website. So whether it's a run, cycle ride, bake sale, or show, we hope to see you at an SCF event soon! Thank you so much for your support.
01 March 2013
I am fundraising as a personal challenge. My challenge is Speedway motorcycling with a curve in my spine!
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Fundraising For Scoliosis
I have a curve in my spine, I am raised money for the Scoliosis Campaign Fund!
My chosen charity is the Scoliosis Campaign Fund. You can read more information about this charity and what they do on their website.
How Did I Raise Money?
I started racing with Dragons Amateur Speedway in 2011 after finally investing in my own speedway bike early that year. I decided early in 2011 that I would race whilst raising money for the charity. Riding a bike that goes 0-60mph in 3 seconds and no brakes, takes a bit of courage!! :)
What is Scoliosis?
It is a medical condition in which a person’s spine is curved from side to side. An individual with scoliosis may look more like an “S” or a “C” than a straight line. Many individuals with curves suffer constant pain and discomfort, restricting their mobility and quality of life significantly. They may need to wear uncomfortable spine braces or in some cases require major surgery which may mean metal work inserted into their spine, or even a part of their spine fused together to straighten it.
Why Did I Raise Money/Awareness?
I have had a bend in my spine from an early age (I hide it well under my race suit) which got progressively worse as I reached adulthood causing complications with my posture plus other problems. In 2008 I started speedway riding, something I thought I would never be able to do. I wouldn't be where I am today without the support from family and friends who have all helped me keep riding and living my dream!
I was able to raise over £500 in 2011 and over £400 in 2012 with recognition of my achievement from the charity themselves on their website and in their members magazine, a total which I hope to surpass this year.
Feel free to ask me any questions in the paddock if you can attend the events (FREE to spectators) or online, I would be happy to talk about my fund-raising activities.
Thank you for all your support and donations!
Donations Bucket £30.00 (+ £7.50 giftaid)
04.12.13 Money collected from donations bucket at speedway events.
Karl Bainbridge £10.00 (+ £2.50 giftaid)
15.11.13 Good pic Neil - you and I at close quarters!
On behalf of Cameron Brewster £4.00 (+ £1.00 giftaid)
09.09.13 Good luck fellow GRC racer!
Lisa Sellers £5.00
Roy Ellery £10.00
Lucas T. £5.00
15.02.13 Good luck!
Victor Henderson £15.00
11.01.13 First! Have a great off season Neil. Stay dry!