Deeside family’s charity boost

Martin McDonald carries daughter Bella at the Kiltwalk
Martin McDonald carries daughter Bella at the Kiltwalk

A Banchory man has helped raise funds for a specialist support charity which assisted his baby daughter.

Bella McDonald was born in April with spina bifida and hydrocephelus and underwent two operations in the first week of her life.

Dad Martin, along with Bella’s aunt and uncle, were sponsored to complete the 26-mile walk Aberdeen Kiltwalk from Duthie Park to Portach Green.

The team raised nearly £1500 for Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland (SBH Scotland) to help other babies with the same condition.

The money raised will be used to provide personalised home and hospital support for families in the North with new-born babies who have spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus.

SBH Scotland was formed in 1965 by a group of parents who each had a child with spina bifida and hydrocephalus.

It now supports more than 3,500 children, young people, adults, their family members and carers across Scotland.

Bella’s parents attend family group sessions organised by SBH Scotland in Aberdeen and even before Bella was born, the charity visited the McDonalds to give them support and introduce them to another family whose child has the same condition.

Mum Abigail said: “I am so very proud of my husband, sister Anna and Grant for doing the 26-mile Kiltwalk for Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland and for raising such a fantastic sum of money in the process.

“I am honoured that they all decided to do the Kiltwalk in aid of our beautiful daughter Bella, who despite what she’s been through is a happy, beautiful girl who loves her cuddles

“It’s been an emotional rollercoaster but with the support of the Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland team, I feel I have support every step of the way. Well done to everyone who did the Kiltwalk and raised so much money for so many great charities.”

Deborah Roe, fundraising director at SBH Scotland, said; “Martin, Anna, Grant and everyone that supported them should be incredibly proud of what they’ve achieved.

“The fantastic amount of money they’ve raised will go a long way in helping us to keep offering vital support to those affected by the condition.”

SBH Scotland is celebrating its golden anniversary this year. Anyone interested in helping raise money should contact Holly Taylor, SBH Scotland North of Scotland fundraiser, on 03455 211 600 or email