Ambassador to climb O2 in her wheelchair

Shirley McCall was made ambassador of SASBAH SUS-150730-114438001
Shirley McCall was made ambassador of SASBAH SUS-150730-114438001

Veteran charity stalwart and disability champion Shirley McCall is organising a wheelchair climb and cream tea to celebrate a charity’s golden anniversary.

Shirley was delighted when she was made an Ambassador of SASBAH - the Sussex Association for spina bifida and hydrocephalus - based at Gun Hill.

She decided to support the charity in two ways - climb the 02 in London in her wheelchair and to organise a fundraising afternoon outside her home in Hampden Park.

She has been told she can’t do the 02 challenge until spring 2016 but she is now planning for a busy cream tea event between 2pm and 4pm this Saturday (August 8).

Shirley, who is involved in a number of disability groups and clubs across the town, said, “SASBAH is a charity very close to my heart and I just want to do my small bit during its 50th birthday celebrations to raise as much as I can.

“Last year my very dear friend Jean died and she had been a member of SASBAH for many, many years.

“In fact, I think she was the oldest member.

‘We held an afternoon tea in her memory last August and raised more than £500 for SASBAH, and we hope to do the same again this year.”

SASBAH was formed as an independent charity in 1965 to meet the growing demand for support services for those with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus in Sussex.

The charity offers a range of services including a buddy scheme, advice for families, social programme and residential breaks.

Rom Sanglaji, CEO of SASBAH, said, “We are truly grateful to Shirley.

“She is somebody we all admire very much- she is an example to us all and a very determined lady.”

More information about Shirley’s O2 climb will be released next year, but Shirley is currently encouraging locals to support her cream tea fundraiser near her Hampden park home.

Tickets for the fundraiser cost £4 to include a cream tea and prize draw.

There will also be a raffle and various stalls.

Everyone is invited to attend in the gardens at Bodiam Crescent, Hampden Park.

Tickets are available on the day but for more information about the cream tea call 01825 873 045.

Pictured right is Shirley with SASBAH chair Hilary Lewis when she was made an ambassador of SASBAH.

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