The Mayor’s Month – July 2017

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WITHOUT a doubt, there are many numbers of charities in our town, all making an unbelievable contribution to our community.

Of course, we all know that without their many dedicated volunteers, Eastbourne would be a very much poorer place.  It is for this reason we must send out a reminder to everyone that their skills, whatever they may be, are desperately needed.

Among these volunteers are the more than fifty who work to cover the services provided by Eastbourne Talking Newspaper Association and I recently had the privilege of attending their AGM.  ETNA is a free service, financed solely by voluntary contributions, which helps visually impaired people keep in touch with both local and national news. It regularly provides 60 minutes of recorded material which is delivered and returned in a post-free wallet. Media players can also be provided FOC to all members.  Anyone who needs this service, or who believes they can help, should ring 01323 727273.

Many of you may already be familiar with ‘Swoovathon’ the latest in musical fitness exercise. Recently, they got together with Sport Eastbourne to hold a special 3 hour session at the Hampden Park Sports Centre, with all the proceeds going to the Eastbourne Foodbank.  At the last count they had raised £700 with still more to come in, plus stacks of much needed food for the Foodbank. (I must confess that although I was delighted to join them all for the start, I didn’t actually have the staying power for the 3 hours. I had to leave them to it!)

June 12th to 18th was Carers Week, an annual national awareness week celebrating the millions across the UK who provide unpaid care for a disabled, ill or older family member or friend. Eastbourne Arndale Centre hosted an information event, bringing together many partner organisations, focusing on Building Carer Friendly Communities. Others attending included East sussex Young Carers, Alzheimer’s Society, Southdown Ambitions and East Sussex Families and Carers Team.

Visiting the stalls, it was brought home to me that nobody needs to feel alone.  There are many loving people out there who understand and can help.  Perhaps take the first step by contacting Care for the Carers on 01323 738390.

I really can’t finish without mentioning the fabulous film ‘Dementiaville’ screened at the Birley Centre by Ivy House. This was episode 3 of a Channel 4 documentary which told the story of 4 couples living with dementia and how it changed their lives. Again, the message is please don’t feel you are alone. There are friends waiting to help. The contact number for Ivy House is 01323 431801. Just pick up the phone.

My very best wishes to you all.

Pat Hearn
Mayor of Eastbourne

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