ONE man from Petworth considers his 50th birthday to be more than just a milestone.
For Rob Sadler, who has cystic fibrosis (CF), reaching 50 – which he did on December 4 – was something many people said may not be possible.
He was diagnosed at just 18 months old.
The Observer has followed Rob on his mission to raise £50,000.
“Turning 50 is very rare for someone with CF.
“To celebrate I thought it would be great to raise £50,000 for the CF Trust to give something back and make a difference in other people’s lives.
“The trust funds many research projects and one day I’m sure they will find a cure,” said Rob.
His wife Jan added: “Our total is around £20,000 so far which we’re thrilled with.”
Rob and Jan have worked tirelessly throughout the year, holding concerts, sponsored bike rides, and even a barn dance, in their £50k mission.
They are being supported along the way by Petworth based builders merchants Chandlers, for whom Rob has worked for 30 years.
Rob has never allowed himself to be held back from leading a fulfilled life.
Since a child, he has been swimming with the Petworth and District swimming club as well as dabbling in various other hobbies.
In his spare time - of which he has very little - Rob is a keen actor, musician and photographer, among other things.
He will be celebrating with a party this Saturday and on Sunday the Petworth Town Band will hold a Christmas concert in aid of CF with Rob playing in the band.
The concert starts at 2.30pm in St Mary’s Church, Petworth.
Jan added: “He’s keeping really well at the moment, but unfortunately with CF this could all change very quickly.
“He did a sponsored swim with the Petworth swimming club, swimming 72 lengths of a 25 metre pool, a massive achievement and personal best for him.
“This alone raised around £2,000.”