Spina Bifida sufferer and son tackle bike challenge

Ian and Robert Wooler are ready for their big cycling challenge to support Sasbah.
Ian and Robert Wooler are ready for their big cycling challenge to support Sasbah.
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A DAD and his teenage son have been getting ready for a big sponsored cycling challenge in Scotland to raise money for the Sussex Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (Sasbah).

Painter and decorator Ian Wooler, aged 41, from Market Place in Hailsham, suffers from Spina Bifida – an illness affecting the development of the spine.

The handyman and his 13-year-old son Robert will be tackling the Grand Caledonian Canal on their bicycles from July 30 to August 3.

Mr Wooler said: “We are doing this to raise money for Sasbah as a thank you for their help and support that I have received in the past.

“As I have spina bifida myself, I appreciate the incredible work they do.

“This will be an amazing adventure for Robert and me as we cycle from Fort William to Inverness covering some 100 miles through spectacular scenery.”

Toby the family’s dog, a 10-year-old Collie, might join the dad-and-son during their adventure either running alongside or in a specially designed trailer.

Unfortunately Toby does not like the trailer and whines and yaps to be allowed out, according to Mr Wooler.

So far the Collie has only been in the trailer once – proving to be quite a weight for the older cyclist when he pedalled up hills in preparation for the cycling challenge.

Son Robert was also hoping that Toby would join them in the exciting quest to raise £1,000 for Sasbah.

Robert told the Sussex Express: “I would like to do the sponsored bike ride as I haven’t raised money before.

“Also Sasbah has helped my Dad in the past and do a lot of good work so I thought it would be a nice way of saying thank you.”

Businesses in the South Wealden region have already been helping the dad-and-son with sponsorship but more help to raise funds would be appreciated.

Intercon Scaffolding in Westham and Berwick Service Station have supported the cycling duo.

A JustGiving page has been set up for the fundraising. Visit www.justgiving.com/SASBAH-CYCLE. Donations can also be made by texting SASB54 and the amount (£1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10) to 70070.

Sasbah has been working for nearly 50 years to support those with Spina Bifida and/or hydrocephalus to create and develop their best opportunities in life.

It provides a wide range of services, including advice and advocacy, social support, residential breaks, special youth programmes, training and work experience, and many other activities that enable people with these conditions to live full and active lives.

Visit: www.sasbah.org.uk or contact the office on 01825 873045 or email office@sasbah.org.uk