Brave five-year-old’s wheelchair challenge for SASBAH


A five-year-old boy with spina bifida and hydrocephalus will be taking part in a special Wheelchair Challenge this weekend.

Haiden Debley-Turner is a member of the charity SASBAH - the Sussex Association for spina bifida and hydrocephalus - based at Gun Hill, Chiddingly, which is celebrating its 50th birthday this year.

It is staging a series of events to mark the milestone occasion, and Haiden has chosen to play his part in the wheelchair challenge on Saturday (August 29).

Deputy manager Claire Bryant said: “We are holding a Wheelchair Challenge event where both disabled and able-bodied people will be given the chance to go round an athletics track in a wheelchair.

“Two of our members are actually doing half-marathons, which is a staggering 53 laps, while others will do what they feel able to achieve.

“Haiden is a remarkable boy. He is going to try out wheelchair racing and other wheelchair sports. He is a real inspiration to us all here at SASBAH.

“Because he is aged five he is too young to take part in the one-mile challenge, but that will not stop Haiden taking part and, I am sure, enjoying every minute.

“He has had a very challenging time because he has had a huge amount of surgery and spent time in plaster literally from waist to toe.”

The event is taking place 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.

She 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.”

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

Over nearly half a century, it has gradually increased its services and membership, so that it now offers support for nearly 500 people of all ages. It delivers a wide range of services and programmes, all based on needs identified by service users themselves. For details, visit

For information on the fun day, call 07920 576313 or email

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