CHRISTMAS HAMPER FOOD
Many local schools are having their Harvest Festivals at the moment and we have been busy collecting the donated food, which will be made up into hampers for nominated residents of Bexhill. Thank you to Little Common Primary School for sending us these lovely photos.
WANTED!!! VOLUNTARY CAR DRIVERS
We are urgently looking for Voluntary drivers for our Medical Car Service. This takes people to medical appointments anywhere in the South East. This can include visits to hospitals, hospices, dentists, opticians, chiropodists, doctors surgeries, visiting friends or family who are in hospital or taking clients to funerals. If this is something you would feel you could help us with please contact us either by e-mail, calling us on 01424 215116 or just popping into the office for a chat. Expenses are paid and all our drivers find it a very satisfying and worthwhile job. Hope to see you soon!!
Do you have any foreign coins you don’t want?
We would be really grateful if you would consider donating any of your spare foreign coins to us as we have someone who will purchase these from us to help us raise funds for our Charity
Thank You in anticipation for your generosity.
As of 1st January 2017 we are introducing a Membership Scheme which will cost £25 per annum for clients to join. This will entitle all Members to full access to all our services, i.e. medical car service, Dial-A-Ride, introduction to carers, domestics etc. (all at favourable rates) as well as being able to vote at our AGM and receiving a bi-annual newsletter. This Membership fee equates to less than 50p per week.
Bexhill Caring Community, up until now, has relied totally on fundraising, donations and legacies to provide it’s many services to our townsfolk but as it receives no grants from either local or central government, this is sadly becoming increasingly difficult. Therefore this scheme is being introduced to help with the spiralling administration costs which the charity has to face now and in the future.
If you, or a relative, live in Bexhill and would like to become a Member, please contact our office for a Membership form or download a form here Membership Registration Form – January 2017
Stuart Earl, Chair of Trustees
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6th March 2017
League aids patient transport
THE keys of a £43,000 new wheelchair-accessible 14-seater mini-bus have been handed over in a ceremony in front of Bexhill Hospital.
The mini-bus, complete with powered tail-lift for wheelchairs and sign-written “League of Friends, assisting with transport for the community,” has been purchased by the League. It will remain in League ownership but will be operated by fellow local charity Bexhill Caring Community as part of its three-vehicle Dial-A-Ride fleet. Among the services provided by Dial-A-Ride is patient transport to the hospital.
Town Mayor Cllr Simon Elford was guest of honour at the Thursday, March 2nd ceremony. League chairman Cllr Stuart Earl is also chairman of Bexhill Caring Community. League treasurer Chris Ashford is also BCC treasurer. Both officers had declared an interest and left the room before the rest of the league’s general committee unanimously decided last year to fund the purchase of the vehicle and go into partnership with BCC.
The Caring Community was represented at the photo-call by manager Jackie Haggerty and colleagues Monique Southgate and Angela Van Aalst together with Terry Clarke, one of seven BCC drivers. The League was also represented by its President, John Dowling and by committee members Audrey Kerr, Harriet Chapman, Pearl Easton and Peter Stiles.
Presenting the BCC manager with the keys to the mini-bus, Cllr Earl said: “Everybody here will appreciate that this is a ‘first’. This is something where two charities which serve our community here in Bexhill have worked together to provide something which will benefit so many people. “We are delighted from the League of Friends that we have been in a position to put on permanent loan to Bexhill Caring Community this new mini-bus. I think this will send out a wonderful message to our community that we are not individuals – we all in this town serve each other and care for each other and I hope that this is the start of a great relationship where we can work together.”
The Town Mayor said it was always a pleasure to witness the work of the League of Friends, which was providing an amazing amount of equipment for patients. “I think the people of Bexhill are really lucky to have groups like this which are working so hard for the community.
On behalf of Bexhill – thank you very much.”
The Rev Barnett said: “I am here today to congratulate the League of Friends for their vision in providing this vehicle for the use of the community. I think it will have a great deal of use among many people.” The chaplain wished all users of the mini-bus “safe travel.”
Jackie Haggerty said: “We are extremely grateful for this wonderful mini-bus. It will make a splendid addition to our charity and we look forward to welcoming people on it.”
The mini-bus went into service the following day. It is planned to have the Dial-A-Ride buses available to transport supporters to and from the Hospital Garden Party on Saturday, June 10.
PLEASE SUPPORT US THROUGH YOUR LOCAL
We are looking for volunteer helpers in the following fields:-
Home Library Service – to take library books to those who cannot get to the library themselves – a few hours every two weeks
Medical Car Drivers – to take clients to hospital or doctors appointments. 45p per mile is paid.
Befrienders – to have a chat and a coffee with clients in their homes
Mini Bus Escorts – for our Day Centres – approximately 2 hours am and pm on either Wednesdays or Fridays
Day Centre Helpers – come and help out at one of our Day Centres for the Elderly on either Wednesdays or Fridays
If you are able to help in any of these sectors please either contact us on 01424 215116 or pop into our office at 25 Sackville Road, Bexhill on Sea, Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 3.00pm and we will be happy to have a chat with you.