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For the first time ever, Care for the Carers is running a special countywide raffle, to celebrate 30 years of supporting unpaid carers locally and raise vital funds to continue their work.

The charity supports local people who look after a relative or friend who couldn’t manage without their support. The pressures of caring can take their toll, with many carers suffering health problems, high levels of stress and being financially disadvantaged as a result of caring for a loved one.

The raffle was launched at the charity’s recent Carers Voices Forum, held on 30th August at the Civic Centre in Uckfield, attended by carers and local groups from across East Sussex.

Chief Executive, Jennifer Twist, says, “We wanted to do something fun, to celebrate our 30th Anniversary and give back to the community. We contacted local businesses to ask whether they could help and were overwhelmed by the response. Over 40 East Sussex businesses have given a prize – this really is a ‘Grand’ raffle! It’s been humbling to see how much Care for the Carers is valued, and how important the business community feels it is to build a Carer Friendly East Sussex.”

Raffle tickets are on sale for just £1 each, with a top prize of £1,000 cash on offer and many other amazing prizes to be won, including a week’s holiday, spa package (generously donated by Birchwood Motor Group), Jempson’s Hamper (thanks to Queensmead Care Home) and one year’s free membership to the Towner Art Gallery, and De La Warr Pavilion.

You can purchase raffle tickets online at www.justgiving.com/grandraffle30 or by contacting Care for the Carers on info@cftc.org.uk or phoning 01323 738390. The draw will take place on 22nd November, with winners announced shortly after.

Care for the Carers is the Carers Centre for East Sussex and 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

  • More information on the raffle, including a list of all the prizes available and terms and conditions, is available on Care for the Carers website www.cftc.org.uk/grandraffle.
  • 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:

-         Eastbourne: 11,988Hastings: 10,030

-          Lewes: 13,027

-          Rother: 12,675

-          Wealden: 18,549