Charity marks its 50 years in East Sussex

Members of SASBAH
Members of SASBAH

An East Sussex charity which runs a monthly support group in Hastings and Rother has launched its Golden Anniversary celebrations.

SASBAH is the Sussex Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus based at the Swan Wood Park, Gun Hill, Horam, near to both Heathfield and Hailsham.

We are only relatively small but nevertheless I believe us to be a very warm, friendly and caring charity

Rom Sanglaji, chief executive

It was formed in 1965 to meet the growing needs for those in the county with the condition to live their lives to the full, and has blossomed ever since.

It supports around 400 families across Sussex, and the Hastings and Rother Support Group meets on the first Wednesday of each month at Sidley Children’s Centre in Ninfield Road, Sidley.

Last Thursday evening the charity held a launch evening at Bedes School along Eastbourne seafront. It was hosted by BBC South East Today newsreader and reporter Ian Palmer, and guests included Bexhill Mayor Brian Kentfield, East Sussex County Council chairman Colin Belsey, and Chris Gebbie, the High Sheriff for East Sussex.

Rom Sanglaji, chief executive, said: “We are only relatively small but nevertheless I believe us to be a very warm, friendly and caring charity, and it’s amazing to think that we have reached 50. We are determined to celebrate the anniversary with our service users and families/carers - as always - at the heart of what we will be doing. The launch was very well-attended and gave us an opportunity to show everyone some of what we do. This is a message we will hopefully continue to spread throughout our celebrations.”

SASBAH provides a wide variety of services, including support and advice service for members, including education and benefits, organises holidays for service users, runs a youth club, Bourne Free, based at Ratton Academy in Eastbourne, operates a Duke of Edinburgh centre, social activities and many community projects.

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