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Care for the Carers is excited to announce that the charity’s Chief Executive, Jennifer Twist, is about to embark on a very special challenge. As part of its 30th Birthday celebrations, and in memory of her father Keith Twist

She will be setting off from her home in Bexhill on Saturday 24th August and cycling across East Sussex to Newhaven, to catch the ferry to France. She will cycle over 100 miles across France, arriving in the French capital on Monday 26th August.

A special reason Jennifer is taking on this challenge is in memory of her father, Keith Twist, who died in 2016.

She says, “Helping to care for Dad at the end of his life gave me an insight into the pressures faced by local carers every day.

“I have been wanting to do something in his memory for a while now. My Dad was a carer, and chose to support Care for the Carers through the collection at his funeral, so it seemed fitting to take on this particular challenge.

“Caring is a part of most of our lives these days, but it can be incredibly isolating, exhausting and demanding.

Often when you’re caring for a loved one, your own life is on pause. We meet so many people who are really struggling – with their health, their finances, or the emotional impact of caring.

Not enough carers know that there is help out there, and that they are entitled to support. Care for the Carers is proud to be there when local carers most need help, but there is much more to do to ensure that no-one is left to care alone. Thank you everyone for the support so far – please keep cheering me on!”

Follow Jennifer’s progress on Twitter: @jennifer_twist . Show your support, and support local unpaid carers by sponsoring at www.cftc.org.uk/pedalparis .

Care for the Carers is the Carers Centre for East Sussex is an independent charity supporting unpaid carers across the county. The charity provides free practical and emotional advice and a range of services such as counselling, support groups and training. www.cftc.org.uk. Call 01323 738390 or email info@cftc.org.uk

· Who are carers? A carer is someone who provides unpaid care and support to a family member or friend who has a disability, illness, mental health problem or who needs extra help as they grow older.

· Care for the Carers wants to do more to help carers in East Sussex through raising awareness, fundraising and volunteering. We want to ensure than no one is left to care alone. Can you help? www.cftc.org.uk

· *Estimated total amount of unpaid carers in East Sussex in 2018 is 66,269. Figures calculated by Care for the Carers based on projected growth from 2011 UK census figures: