SBHI successful in €13,000 grant application



Press release

National Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus charity receives €13,000 grant from the Hospital Saturday Fund

The national charity, Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland (SBHI), has successfully received €13,000 to conduct a research project which aims to document and further understand the most prominent issues facing those living with Spina Bifida and/or Hydrocephalus in contemporary Ireland.

The project application, entitled Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus in Ireland Today, was submitted to the Hospital Saturday Fund (HSF), the charitable arm of the HSF Health Plan, and SBHI requested the maximum amount available. News of the successful application came in June, with the cheque officially presented on Tuesday 2nd August.

Commenting on the achievement, SBHI CEO, Tom Scott, said:

‘This is a wonderful opportunity to garner up to date information regarding the health issues facing the Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus community across Ireland. It is easy to think of health in a very narrow way, however optimum health leads to a whole host of potential benefits. 

‘Each day SBHI staff and volunteers seek to enable our members and service-users to overcome challenges such as isolation, regional disparities in accessing key services, access to education, and mental health related issues. Many of these issues are rooted in the personal health of the individual concerned. This project will give us comprehensive information from which SBHI can target our strategic, campaigning, lobbying, and funding energies to make a genuine, long-term difference.’

As the new strategic plan for SBHI is drafted, the information from this project will enhance the relevance of the long-term vision for the organisation, ensuring that the small but highly motivated team of staff and volunteers are guaranteeing the most valuable service possible for all those living with Spina Bifida and/or Hydrocephalus across Ireland.

Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus in Ireland Today will be launched online and in printed format during Autumn 2016.

Pictured during the official cheque presentation on Tuesday 2nd August at the SBHI National Resource Centre, Clondalkin, Dublin, were (left to right):

  • David Thomas, Trustee, HSF
  • Helen Riney, SBHI Youth and Respite Coordinator 
  • Tom Scott, CEO, SBHI
  • Daniel Riordan, SBHI Volunteer
  • Paul Jackson, CEO, HSF 

For more information, please contact:

Tom Scott, CEO – 01 457 2329 /

Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland (SBHI) – 

Hospital Saturday Fund (HSF) –

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