Local charity Care for the Carers is asking residents across East Sussex to help it celebrate its 30th year by taking part in its many planned events for 2019. Formed in 1989, the charity supports and represents unpaid carers across East Sussex, providing information and advice, support groups, counselling and offering social activities to help give carers a much-needed break. 

Yvonne Wiggan, from Eastbourne, looks after her son Asha, 23, who has cerebral palsy and requires constant care. She says: “Care for the Carers has always been there for me, whether it’s advice or support they have guided me through some very tricky times. They have made me realise the value of my caring role to my son. Care for the Carers has meant that I have someone to listen to my concerns and to guide me and not to be judgemental of me, though remaining professional at all times.”

According to Care for the Carers’ research, carers save the economy £132 billion per year, an average of £19,336 per carer.

To help celebrate its 30th anniversary, throughout 2019 Care for the Carers will be selling tickets for its Grand Raffle, including fantastic prizes from many local East Sussex businesses. As the charity was founded in the ‘80s, a major ‘80s celebration is planned at Bexhill’s De La Warr Pavilion later in the year, and the charity is asking local people to support carers by holding their own ‘80s-themed fundraising parties. 

• For more information and to find out how to get involved, visit the Care for the Carers website: www.cftc.org.uk/we-are-30, call 01323 738390 or email [email protected]

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