Italian restaurant group Sarti is asking customers to add £1 to every check throughout the month of October to celebrate Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland’s 50th anniversary and raise vital funds to support the charity’s specialist services.
The restaurant will be asking customers to donate after dining at any of its three Glasgow locations, with donations going directly to Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland (SBH Scotland), formerly known as the Scottish Spina Bifida Association. Donations will help to provide critical support services across Scotland such as their national helpline, health check clinics, one-to-one support, social groups, advice and training.
Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland was formed in 1965 by group of parents who each had children with spina bifida (a fault in the spinal column in which one or more veterbrae fail to form properly, leaving a gap or split and causing problems with the nervous system) and/or hydrocephalus (a condition where increased pressure on the brain can cause social, emotional, cognitive and behavioural difficulties). Now 50 years later, the charity remain family-orientated and support over 3,500 children, young people and adults in Scotland.
Along with SBH Scotland’s 50th anniversary, the month of October coincides with World Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Day on the 25th of the month, where all Sarti restaurants will also be donating 5% of the takings for the day.
As a part of the fundraising, Sarti will also be selling £5 raffle tickets in all restaurants until 31 October with an array of top-quality prizes including meals for two, overnight stays, hampers, cookery books and beauty vouchers.
Patricia Diamond, financial director at Sarti, said: “Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland is such an empowering charity and so needed because it is the only charity of its kind in Scotland. As we consider ourselves a family, we felt a connection to SBH Scotland and the family services they offer.
“October is always a busy month at our venues and we’re hoping our customers – both regular and new – will support our fundraising activity and help us raise a lot of money for a worthy cause.”
The event marks the start of SBH Scotland’s yearlong campaign ‘With a little help from our friends’, a full year of anniversary-themed fundraising events with the aim of raising money to help support the charity. Past years have had similar month-long campaigns and the charity are hoping that supporters can come up with a number of innovative ways to raise funds all year long in their very special 50th year.
Deborah Roe, Director of Fundraising at Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland, said: “The partnership with Sarti is a fantastic way to begin our 50th year, and a great way to kick start our year-long fundraising appeal ‘With A Little Help From Our Friends’. We’re very grateful to the team at Sarti for their huge generosity, they are a great inspiration to our other supporters.
“Since the charity formed in 1965, there have been so many advancements in the care and treatment of spina bifida and hydrocephalus; yet, both conditions remain life-long complex disabilities for which there is no known cure. Donations like this are essential to keep our charity running; funding the services we offer up and down the country, and for that, we want to say grazie!”
If you’ve been inspired by Sarti Restaurants and would like to support SBH Scotland’s 50th Appeal please call 03455 211 600, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.sbhscotland.org.uk/fifty