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CFTC Director of Services, Jo Egan receiving prize from Tesco Community Champion, Coo Buckley (right) and colleague Kim Smith (left).

CFTC Director of Services, Jo Egan receiving prize from Tesco Community Champion, Coo Buckley (right) and colleague Kim Smith (left).

Carers charity wins Tesco prize

As part of Tescos Bags of Help, Hailsham appeal, local charity Care for the Carers recently received a first prize of £4000. The award will contribute to their efforts in supporting and raising awareness for unpaid carers across East Sussex. HOT’s Jordan Dixon writes.

We all live each day juggling a number of responsibilities; attending school, raising families and earning a living, among others. But amid these responsibilities, many find themselves also assuming the role of a carer. Often unpaid and motivated by love and compassion, carers tirelessly support family and friends who may suffer from physical disabilities or mental illnesses, or care for elderly relatives. This can serve as a very emotional as well as financial burden, to individuals who may also have to support their children and those who are still children themselves.

For over 20 years, Care for the Carers have dedicated themselves to help mould a carer friendly East Sussex. It was estimated that last year alone that there were 66,472 unpaid carers across East Sussex. It is through the tireless efforts of CFTC’s staff and valued volunteers, that carers can receive practical and emotional support.

CFTC strives to engage with local communities and often holds events, training and support groups, to allow carers and their loved ones to meet new and fellow carers, to voice their opinions about key issues/concerns and to simply have some time to relax.

The support from Tesco is no doubt a welcome contribution to CFTC efforts and will specifically allow them to continue holding monthly events in Hailsham, for people caring for those with dementia.

Jo Egan, CFTC’s Director of Services, remarked “We know that for many carers looking after someone living with dementia, they are unable to attend our other carers groups because they cannot leave the person they care for alone. These groups help overcome that barrier by providing a social opportunity that both the carers and the people they care for can enjoy”.

To mark Dementia Action Week later this spring, CFTC will also be holding special events in Hailsham, as well as Bexhill and Seaford. Between May 20-26, their usual dementia carer groups will feature 50’s rock n’ roll musical entertainment!

To learn more about Care for the Carers and their efforts, or to join them and become a volunteer, visit

For more information about CFTC’s special dementia carers groups later this May, click here.




Posted 18:42 Thursday, Mar 7, 2019 In: Health Matters

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