SASBAH holds celebration to mark 50th year


An East Sussex charity which helps more than 400 families across the county is launching its Golden Anniversary celebrations on March 19 in Eastbourne.

SASBAH is the Sussex Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus based at the Swan Wood Park, near Hailsham.

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

Chief executive Rom Sanglaji 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.”

SASBAH provides a variety of services including support and advice service for members, including education and benefits; organising holidays for service users; running a youth club, Bourne Free, based at Ratton Academy in Eastbourne; operating a Duke of Edinburgh centre; social activities and many community projects. It also operates a Social Enterprise called SASPIRE, which provides valuable work experience for its members and operates from its offices at Gun Hill and Worthing.

The launch takes place at Bede’s School, Eastbourne, March 19 (6pm) and will be hosted by BBC South East Today newsreader Ian Palmer. Guests will include High Sheriff of East Sussex Chris Gebbie OBE, Councillor Colin Belsey, chair of East Sussex County Council, and Councillor Tony Nicholson, the chair of Lewes District Council. Ambassadors for the anniversary year include Meridian newsreader Sangeeta Bhabra. For info email