By Care for the Carers

The county was abuzz this year’s Carers Rights Day, Friday 30th November. Eastbourne’s MP Stephen Lloyd and Deputy Mayor Kathy Ballard attended the “Win a car!” stand at The Beacon in Eastbourne alongside volunteer carers from the area. The Beacon was marking its grand opening day, which coincided with Carers Rights Day.

Every day, 6,000 people become carers for a relative, friend or neighbour who can’t manage without them. Local charity Care for the Carers supports unpaid carers across East Sussex, and the events it promoted for this year’s Carers Rights Day helped ensure that local carers know their rights and can get the support they’re entitled to.

In Hastings, Mayor Nigel Sinden popped in to meet carers at The Italian Way restaurant. They were enjoying a meal funded by Care for the Carers, which organises activities like this with carers in locations across East Sussex, to provide valuable opportunities for carers to relax away from their often demanding and relentless caring roles.

Other activities in East Sussex included fundraising to provide Christmas goody bags to young adult carers, with five tea parties held at branches of Heringtons Solicitors, which is supporting Care for the Carers as its Charity of the Year.

Jennifer Twist, Chief Executive Officer at Care for the Carers, says: “There are an estimated 66,000 carers in East Sussex, many of whom may not be aware that they are entitled to support, and even those who have been caring for years sometimes may not be aware of what is available and could be missing out on financial and practical help. No one should be left to care alone – if you’re a carer in East Sussex, please get in contact with Care for the Carers for information and support.”

Sainsbury’s The Beacon staff in Eastbourne also supported Carers Rights Day, and its customers recently voted Care for the Carers as its Charity of the Year. Care for the Carers is also delighted to showcase its own carer-themed Christmas Tree, currently on display at Eastbourne Christmas Market.

To find out more about carers rights, visit the Care for the Carers website, call 01323 738390 or email [email protected]

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