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LADY CRABTREE is delighted to be Patron of the ASSOCIATION OF CARERS, which does amazing work supporting carers in East Sussex.

A carer is someone of any age who provides unpaid support to a husband, wife, partner, child, parent, family member or friend who could not manage without this help. This involves caring for someone who is ill, injured, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse problems. It means dealing with everything from cancer to Alzheimer's. There are currently around 62,000 unpaid carers in East Sussex. Of these, 13,000 are providing 50 hours or more of unpaid care per week.

The charity's "Respite and Befriending" service gives carers the opportunity to have some time to themselves, usually three hours each week, on the same day, at the same time.

It offers "Talk and Support" - a telephone service for carers which matches a volunteer with a carer to talk through how they are feeling and deal with any problems.

"Computer Help At Home" is a service where a volunteer teaches a carer how to use the carer's own computer in their own home in ways that will support them in their caring role.

And so much more... Many events, such as a monthly lunch club, provide opportunities for carers to have a break from caring, relax and chat with other people who are in the same situation.

Of course, there has to be continual fundraising and, as Patron, Lady Crabtree looks forward to attending fundraising events, meeting carers, and highlighting the support that the charity can give. 60% of us will have to care for somebody at some point in our lives, and many of us will one day need somebody to care for us. Lady Crabtree is very honoured to be the charity's Patron and look forward to doing what she can to publicise their work.

For more information about the charity and its work, visit:

associationofcarers.org.uk/