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The Isle of Wight Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus held its 51st AGM on Friday (13th March) and members heard how the association is not just surviving, but thriving.

The AGM started with the handover of a cheque for £2,500 raised by the Woodcock family, who had spent the 50th anniversary year fundraising. They can be seen at many Island events with their stall and help to raise the profile around the Island.

The Association received a significant legacy earlier this year from Dr Maureen Burrage, who was President of the Association many years ago, and Medical Officer of Health for children at County Hall. Her legacy has meant that IW ASBAH can appoint a part-time welfare and support officer who will be based at Community Action’s offices at the Riverside Centre.

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Derek Sprake was elected as the association’s new Patron. Derek was Secretary and Treasurer of the Association for many years and will be remembered as ‘Panda Man’, who raised funds at events across the Island every summer.

Anne Axford, Chairman of the Association said:

“We have confidence that the Association is not just surviving, but thriving. Our task this year is to spread the word that we are here to help all islanders with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus.”

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