Newspaper donates cash to SASBAH

JP donates to Sasbah SUS-150717-105807001
JP donates to Sasbah SUS-150717-105807001

Johnston Press South - the publishers of this newspaper - has made a donation to a Sussex charity celebrating its Golden Anniversary in 2015.

The JPS Events team donates thousand of pounds to good causes each year from the many awards evenings it hosts across Sussex and Hampshire.

On Thursday our sponsorship co-ordinator Faiza Shafeek visited the offices of SASBAH to hand over a cheque for £701.14.

SASBAH is the Sussex Association for spina bifida and hydrocepahlus and has offices in Worthing and also Gun Hill, near Horam in East Sussex.

Spina bifida occurs early in pregnancy, and is a defect in the development of the spine when one or more vertebrae fail to close properly, leaving a gap. The spinal cord and nerves can be damaged, resulting in total paralysis below the defect.

Hydrocephalus is an excess of cerebro-spinal fluid in the head, often, but not necessarily, present at birth. Excessive swelling can cause accelerated growth of a baby’s head and damage to the brain.

Known as the ‘hidden disability’, the condition typically gives rise directly to lack of motivation, concentration and spatial awareness, poor short-term memory, inertia, learning disabilities, problems of co-ordination, social difficulties, and feelings of rejection and isolation. Later in life it can be associated with, and often mistaken for, dementia.

SASBAH provides a wide variety of services, including support and advice for members, a buddy scheme, holidays for service users and a youth club.

CEO Rom Sanglaji said, “We are very grateful to this newspaper for choosing SASBAH in our 50th year - a very special 12 months for the charity.

“We are relatively small but nevertheless we are one big family, and I thank JP for the donation.

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