QUICK CALENDAR OF EVENTS
7th Hamper Packing
8th Hamper Packing and Distribution
11th Hamper Distribution
14th Christmas Open House 10.30am—1pm / Raffle Draw at 11am / Judging of Best Xmas Jumper at 11.30am
20th Office Closes for Christmas / New Year
2nd Office re-opens
Please remember that our carers / domestics charge £16 per hour on Bank Holidays which includes 25th and 26th December and 1st January.
Our offices will be closed for Christmas and the New Year from 3pm on Wednesday 20th December and will reopen on Tuesday 2nd January 2018. However the answerphones will be checked on December 21st, 22nd, 27th, 28th and 29th. Therefore if you have an urgent matter a message can be left and dealt with.
For any clients interested, we now do outings on selected Tuesdays throughout the year at a cost of £10 per person as below:
21 Nov—Eastbourne Morrisons
12th Dec—Eastbourne Arndale Centre
16 Jan—Jempsons Peasmarsh
20 Feb—Eastbourne Crumbles / Asda
20 Mar—Battle Great Farm Nursery
Please contact Angela to book. Please remember spaces are limited.
We are currently trying to schedule some new places to visit for next year. If anyone has any suggestions as to somewhere they would like to go, please contact Angela for her to make further enquiries and perhaps put this on our future itinerary
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Remy Southgate (Monique Southgate’s son) has entered the Brighton Marathon in April 2018 with all proceeds going to Bexhill Caring Community. If you would like to sponsor Remy, a sponsorship form is in our office. We are currently setting up a Just Giving site and if you would like to give via the internet please contact us for further details.
We are so very grateful to Remy for entering the Brighton Marathon on our behalf so please show your support by sponsoring him and help us raise valuable funds for the charity.
Dig out your favourite festive sweater and dress up for Christmas. On Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day, all over the country, thousands of people will be donning their daftest, most wonderful woollies—all for a great cause.
Come along to our Christmas Open House Day on 14th December (details on page 3) in your best Christmas Jumper. There will be a prize for the best jumper, judging to take place at 11.30am. Everyone who joins in pays £2 which goes to Save the Children.
Make the world better with a sweater
What is a twiddle muff? They are knitted muffs with items attached to keep dementia patients’ hands active and busy. They contain strands of textured ribbons, beads and various fabrics attached both inside and outside.
People with dementia often have restless hands and like to have something to keep their hands occupied. A twiddle muff provides a wonderful source of visual, tactile and sensory stimulation and keeps hands snug and warm at the same time.
Our volunteers have been busy knitting twiddle muffs for us to sell for a donation of £5.
Whether used for someone with dementia or simply to keep your hands warm and busy, why not buy one for someone you love. Come and see our full range in our offices in Sackville Road.
CHRISTMAS HAMPER FOOD
We have started collecting goods for our Christmas Hampers that are sent out each year to those who cannot afford much at this special time of year. If you wish to donate any items please make sure they are non-perishable (i.e. tins, packets, bottles, bags, cartons or little luxuries). If you know of anyone who is in need and would like a hamper this Christmas please let us know.
We also have our annual Christmas Raffle, the 1st prize being £100, 2nd prize £50 and 3rd prize £25 along with many other prizes. Tickets are available from our office and cost 25p each or a book of 4 for £1.
All proceeds go towards offsetting our costs for food vouchers that accompany our hampers and for plants for those who have lost a loved one over the past year. All raffle tickets need to be back to us by Friday 8th December.
Christmas Open House / Raffle Draw
Come and join us on Thursday 14th December between 10.30-1pm for a glass of mulled wine, mince pies, coffee and cake and the drawing of our raffle which will be at 11am. Everyone is welcome so please bring friends along for a little piece of Christmas Cheer.
Christmas Hamper Food Donations
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.
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.
FUNDS RAISED BY YOU THROUGH YOUR LOCAL
We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who contributed to this via your shopping at your local Co-Op. It raised an amazing £3698 for us to help more people in Bexhill.
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.