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UKCS adopt Shine charity until the end of 2022

As we approach our 7th year anniversary, we at UK Customs Solutions are expanding on our fundraising and sponsorship efforts by adopting the Shine charity until the end of 2022.

Following his call to break the good news to a Shine representative, Managing Director Bryn Ward commented on the decision to support Shine:

“Giving back to our community and supporting charitable causes has been very important to us here at UK Customs Solutions since day 1. In our 6 years of trading, we have been proud to support many local organisations, sports teams, and charities with our sponsorship.

As we approach our 7th year anniversary, and seeing the positive impact that our maintained support had with our sponsees throughout the COVID19 pandemic, we decided to give more to those that need our help.

The Shine charity is a cause that is very close to us, and we are delighted to pledge our support to them as our business continues to grow. 

Our first fundraising event is a charity raffle on our family fun day, Saturday 7th August. We are all looking forward to it as our first company event after the lockdown, and the additional fundraising will really add a ‘Shine’ to what is already going to be a fantastic celebration.”

Details of the Shine charity raffle prizes to be confirmed next week.

If you would like to donate to the raffle, please contact us to get involved. 

Shine Charity UKCS Sponsorship

Who do the Shine charity help?

The Shine charity are the largest organisation in Europe that is committed to improving the lives of people affected by spina bifida and hydrocephalus. Their mission is to have “a society where all those whose lives are affected by Spina Bifida and / or Hydrocephalus, and associated conditions, are empowered and enabled through choice and equality of opportunity.”

Their network of support and development teams – made up of health, education, and disability benefit specialists – provide reassurance, tailored advice, and practical support to more than 12,000 members.

The Shine charity’s specialist health teams are at the forefront of research, providing their patients with the most up-to-date care, right from diagnosis at 20 weeks inside the womb. They aim to improve a person’s lifestyle and choices through early intervention, ensuring better care, information, and services are available from the start.


What events do the Shine charity hold? 

Shine has regularly hosted balloon races since the early 1990s, where children (and adults!) decorate a balloon and then race it against others for prizes. 

To be more environmentally conscious, Shine now hosts all their balloon races virtually. Real wind conditions harvested from the Met Office, combined with supporter interaction on social media, can all influence your balloon’s journey as you race against your competitors. 


Shine have sponsored places in the London Marathon, and are still looking for people to fundraise for them in the Virtual London Marathon.

Bespoke challenges and competitions are able to be registered and managed through their partnership with GivePenny, such as this pet photo competition.

The Shine charity also run 3 annual awareness campaigns:

    • Spina Bifida Awareness Week – week commencing 18th – 22nd October 2021.
    • Hydrocephalus Awareness Week – week commencing 7th – 11th March 2022.
    • Go Yellow for Shine Day – Date TBC in June 2022.
If you would like to get involved with our fundraising, have a suggestion for us, or would like any further information on the Shine charity, please get in touch

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