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Rugby star praises Cumbernauld charity's work during site visit

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 10:20 GMT on Friday, 19th April, 2013.
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CUMBERNAULD’S Scottish Spina Bifida Association was paid a visit by a Scottish rugby legend, earlier this week.

The dedicated spina bifida facility welcomed Chris Paterson MBE who stopped off at the charity’s facility in the Craighalbert area of Cumbernauld to cast his eyes over the latest phase of the charity's new play area.

Whilst on his visit Paterson met children and families and got to look over the facility’s new specialist play equipment, which includes a single point swing built by fire fighters from the Cumbernauld station.

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Chris (35) also helped entertain the children at a party whilst on his visit; an occasion also attended by the players from the American football team, the East Kilbride Pirates.

Towards the end of the day, SSBA director of fundraising Deborah Roe thanked everybody involved but told the Glasgow Evening Times of the charity’s high operating costs.

"The SSBA gives life-long support to over 3000 Scottish children, young adults and families who have been affected by spina bifida and or hydrocephalus,” she said.

"It has to raise more than £1 million annually."

Paterson’s Cumbernauld stop over was organised by Children's charity The Wooden Spoon – also the term for last place in rugby's Six Nations Championship – which helped fund the new play area.

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