Charity to hold a free family fun day to mark anniversary

SASBAH to hold free fun day SUS-150824-155910001
SASBAH to hold free fun day SUS-150824-155910001

A West Sussex charity is urging the public to attend a free family fun day and unique Wheelchair Challenge on Saturday (August 29).

SASBAH is the Sussex Association for spina bifida and hydrocephalus and is celebrating its 50th birthday in 2015.

As part of the celebrations, it wants to raise awareness amongst the general public of how challenging life in a wheelchair really can be.

Already West Sussex county councillors Margaret Evans and James Walsh, along with Sebastian Maxted, deputy member of the Youth Parliament, have taken up the invitation.

The charity wants both disabled and able-bodied people to take part in the event at Worthing Leisure Centre between 11am and 3pm.

There will also be fun attractions, including a bouncy castle, live music, performing arts and a variety of disabled sport demonstrations.

SASBAH deputy manager Claire Bryant wants to encourage members of the public to come along on the day.

“Already two of our members - Paul Cook from Crawley and Chris White - have committed to the wheelchair half-marathon, which is a staggering 53 and three quarter laps, starting at 9am.

“There will be people reading this who want to take part in our 10k challenge, or indeed it could be a much lesser distance, for example a one-mile challenge or one of our half-hourly taster sessions. We will also have a fun 50 meter dash competition for anyone who would like to experience a much shorter distance in a chair.

“The distance really isn’t important, it’s the taking part and showing what can be achieved by those who depend on a wheelchair for their mobility.”

Claire added: “This is a free fun day out for the family while at the same time displaying a very serious message about disability. We want to see as many people involved as possible.”

For more information call 07920 576313 or email

Report and picture contributed by Peter Lindsey.