Wealden youngsters recognised for achievements at presentation

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A charity which helps young people with disabilities held a presentation evening for its youngsters to mark their achievements in the Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) awards.

Charity, Sussex Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (SASBAH) supports people with spina bifida or hydrocephalus, and provides a range of services to support people in Sussex with disabilities.

Four of the young people, who benefit from the charity, took part in the Bronze level of the DofE awards and successfully completed a two-day expedition on the Worth Way in West Sussex.

Georgia Hill from Polegate, Nicole Zeitlin from Lower Willingdon, Perry Orr from Hailsham and Alice Goodman from Wannock were recognised at the presentation.

The expedition assessor said the group gelled together well as a team, and that Georgia coped extremely well along the route on a Mountain Trike, a specially adapted off-road wheelchair.

They were presented with DofE Sectional Certificates for the Expedition section by Bev Thompson who is President of SASBAH, based at Gun Hill near Horam.

Three other youngsters, who already hold Bronze Awards, moved on to the Silver level, and completed a three-day expedition.

Georgie Lee from Polegate and Adam Moors from Hailsham, together with Kristiane Zeitlin from Eastbourne walked 32 kilometres on the Downs Link from Rudgwick near Horsham to The Old Toll Bridge at Shoreham.

They were congratulated for their achievement.

Georgie and Adam previously completed three other sections - Volunteering, Physical

and Skills - and were presented with DofE Silver Awards.

Bev Thompson told the seven youngsters that she was ‘immensely’ proud of them, and the achievements of all the young people at SASBAH.

The DofE Centre Co-ordinator at SASBAH, George Collier, explained that one of the guiding principles of DofE is ‘Achievable by All.’

He added “Young people of all abilities can take part and achieve success in this nationally recognised programme.

“In addition to new skills, they grow as individuals - with greater independence, better people skills and improved self-confidence.”