SASBAH at Lodge Hill Activity Centre

SASBAH – What’s That?
Members of Seaford Rotary Club recently joined colleagues of the Eastbourne AM Club at one of their weekly meetings. On such occasions discussion about what each Club does ranges far and wide and one thing the Eastbourne members talked about was SASBAH, the Sussex Association of Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus.
Through this organisation each year, under the title of Breakaway and organised by the Eastbourne Club, a number of young people are given the opportunity to have an activity weekend away to allow them to do something different, and to give their carers a break.
All this led to the Seaford Rotary Club agreeing to cover the cost of two young people from the Seaford area for the weekend which took place at the Lodge Hill Activity Centre near Pulborough.
The “Breakaway” ran from Friday to Sunday, and Rotarian Jim Anderson from the Seaford Club went along one day to provide support for the event. Jim wasn’t too sure what to expect, but to say it was an eye opener would be an understatement. He was met with a group of twenty young people all with happy smiling faces, some in wheelchairs, and some able to get about under their own steam, but all clearly having a great time.
A range of activities, controlled by professional instructors, was posted for all to see, and he was immediately whisked off to the go karting. But it wasn’t just a question of watching; some needed help to get wheelchairs over ramps; some needed help to fasten their crash helmets before whizzing round the track, and it wasn’t just karting.
There was everything from horse riding to archery, from blowing giant bubbles to getting touchy feely with a range of creatures including a racoon, an armadillo, a snake, and a very large spider.
Some of the children, and indeed some of the adults, were more enthusiastic than others in participating fully in this activity! The whole event was a first-class example of Rotary in Action and, as Jim said, it was both a pleasure and a privilege to have the opportunity to be there and to be able to contribute, if only in a small way, to such a fantastic weekend.

posted: Saturday, 16 September 2017

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