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VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
We are very pleased to announce that our ‘Volunteer of the Year 2018’ is OLIVE KERSEY. Olive has been volunteering in our office for over 25 years and we felt this was a fitting way to show how much we appreciate her. Congratulations Olive and here’s to many more years happy volunteering.
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, GDPR & SO forms – October 2018
BEXHILL LIONS WHEEL & WALK 16TH SEPTEMBER 2018
A great time was had by all and the weather was very kind. In all 60 entrants made their way along the prom many, many in beautifully decorated mobility scooters. Looking forward to this event again next year.
Although most people are not worrying too much about ways to keep warm at the moment, now is the perfect time to pre-pare for colder months ahead. Keeping warm over the winter months is an important part of staying healthy. The East Sussex Winter Home Check service is available all year round for vulnerable people on a low income. If you are working with someone who struggled to keep warm last winter refer them now! For more information and eligibility criteria visit: www.warmeastsussex.org.uk Phone free on 0800 085 1674 to arrange a visit, or fill out the online application form.
****BRIGHTON MARATHON UPDATE****
Remy Southgate completed the Brighton Marathon in 5hours 9 minutes and 10 seconds and has so far raised a fabulous £489 for Bexhill Caring Community. If you would like to donate to this fantastic achievement please either pop into our office or click on the Just Giving link in the article below. Well Done Remy!!!
Remy Southgate, the son of our Deputy Manager, is running this year’s Brighton Marathon on 15th April 2018 at PRESTON PARK, BRIGHTON on behalf of Bexhill Caring Community to help raise valuable funds for the charity.
If you would be interested in sponsoring him we have a form in the office that you can add your details to, alternatively you could go directly to JUST GIVING and support via the internet
UPDATE**** Our Nan Wilding Day Centre had a fun time on Wednesday 14th March and managed to raise £70 for Sports Relief.
UPDATE***** Our Fundraising Italian Meal on 27 February at Trattoria Italiana raised an amazing £1018. Thank you to everyone who came along and made this a fantastic night.
UPDATE***** Thank you to everyone that came along to our Jumble Sale – We raised a fantastic £474 to help run our Day Centre!!
For any clients interested, we now do outings on selected Tuesdays throughout the year at a cost of £10 per person as below:
19th June – Blackbrooks Garden Centre
17th July – Tesco Extra, Hastings
21st August – Eastbourne Morrisons/Dunelm Mill
18th September – Battle Great Farm Nursery
30th October – Langney Shopping Centre
20th November – Jempsons, Peasmarsh
11th December – Blackbrooks Garden Centre
15th January – Eastbourne Morrisons/Dunelm Mill
19th February – Tesco Extra, Hastings
19th March – Jempsons, Peasmarsh
Please contact Angela to book. Please remember spaces are limited.
If you have any suggestions of new places to go please contact Angela on 01424 215116
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.
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.
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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.