Eastbourne Soroptimists fundraise for carers
We wanted to say a huge congratulations to Eastbourne Soroptimists who had a really successful year of fundraising, raising a wonderful £1,293 for Care for the Carers!
The Soroptimists are a global volunteer movement of women aiming to transform the lives of women and girls. Last year their Eastbourne branch selected Care for the Carers as their chosen charity for the year and took on a number of fundraising activities for us. They had to get creative, given the difficult circumstances, but they rose to the challenge and came up with some great ways to raise funds. This included a ‘Food to Make You Feel Good’ virtual coffee morning in May 2020 and collectively walking 500 miles in September 2020 .
Club President, Lynne Chiswick, says: “We were delighted to choose Care for the Carers as our charity this year. We know that unpaid carers often go unheard and face difficult circumstances, and in the past year this has been particularly true. Women make up 58% of carers, and many of them are ‘sandwich carers’ looking after both children and parents. We were really keen to raise awareness and funds for such an important cause, and have really enjoyed fundraising over the past year.”
Care for the Carers CEO, Jennifer Twist, says: “We are so grateful to the Eastbourne Soroptimists for their support over the year. We want to thank everyone who has taken part in fundraising and those who have donated. The money they have raised will go towards supporting carers in East Sussex, helping us to raise awareness, reach more carers and provide vital services to those who need it, ensuring that no one is left to care alone.”
Soroptimist International (SI) is an international women’s movement and together it’s Members are a global voice for women. The local club is SI Eastbourne and District, which usually meets twice a month, but is meeting virtually during lockdown. Find out more about Soroptimist International Eastbourne here. Take a look at the Soroptimists’ gallery of fundraising activities below. All activities followed COVID-19 regulations in place at the time.