Princess Anne Opens Our New Carers' Centre
9th Mar 2012
Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal visited us on Monday to celebrate the opening of our new carers centre in Eastbourne. The Princess unveiled a plaque to commemorate her visit.
HRH The Princess Royal arrived at 11.45 and was greeted by the Vice Lord Lieutenant Mrs Sara Stoner and the High Sheriff Mrs Kathy Gore.
She also met with volunteers and staff at Care for Carers, the carers themselves, Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd and East Sussex County councillors.
Many of the carers attended the royal visit and were thrilled to meet the Princess.
Princess Anne managed to speak to everyone in the room and showed a genuine interest about carers.
Marie Casey, Chief Executive of Care for the Carers says: ‘It was a privilege to receive such an honourable guest and the staff, carers, volunteers and trustees were very excited about meeting Her Royal Highness. We hope that the visit will raise awareness about the important contribution that carers make to East Sussex and the range of support they can receive from Care for the Carers. It’s very exciting for us to be opening this new centre which will gives us a space for carers to use as well as a place where they can access information, advice and support.
‘It is estimated that carers save East Sussex County Council and the NHS £942 m a year. Providing support to carers to improve their quality of life is not only the right thing to do, it makes economic sense in this current climate.’
Jennifer Twist, Partnerships Manager at Care for the Carers, said: “We are so grateful to our supporters, volunteers and staff who helped make today so special. Between them, Sainsbury’s Hampden Park, the Little Larder (St Leonards) and Maynards Catering donated a fabulous selection of food and refreshments, right down to the cups, saucers and cake slices! It was fantastic to have their help to provide a really wonderful day for local carers and do justice to the occasion.”