We have just celebrated the third of three 30th birthday parties for volunteers, carers and cared-for people. The parties, hosted in St Leonards, Eastbourne and Heathfield, were held to mark 30 years of the charity having been established. Across the three celebrations, almost 250 people came together to enjoy afternoon tea alongside entertainment from Hastings’ singing duo ‘The Cherry Bakewells’.
The parties were paid for by a legacy donation left to the charity by Jennifer Allen. She was one of our trustees, and she passed away in 2016. Jennifer was a carer to her mother, but also dedicated her time to ensuring carers across the county received the support she strongly felt they deserved. There are an estimated 65,000 unpaid carers in East Sussex and, nationally, carers save the economy £132 billion per year – an average of £19,336 per carer.
The association was established in Hastings in 1987 by a group of carers and healthcare professionals who recognised the need for carers to be able to take a regular break from their caring role, to help preserve their own physical and mental well-being. Since then it has grown and now offers support to carers throughout East Sussex.
We are very proud of everything we have achieved in those 30 years, and look forward to continuing to support unpaid carers for another 30 years (and beyond!). If you wish to make a donation to our services then there are details of the various options on our website: http://associationofcarers.org.uk/get-involved/donate