Soroptimists walk 500 miles for carers in East Sussex
The Eastbourne and District club of Soroptimist International has pledged to collectively walk 500 miles between 1st and 30th September 2020 to raise funds for Care for the Carers. Club members will walk with family members or in small, socially-distanced groups, and are seeking sponsorship for this epic challenge!
The club has selected Care for the Carers as it’s charity of the year, and kick-started it’s fundraising for the charity by holding a virtual ‘Food to Make You Feel Good’ event early during the coronavirus pandemic.
Club President, Lynne Chiswick, says: “As well as raising funds for Care for the Carers by selecting them as our charity of the year, I’m hopeful that as a club we’ll also be able to raise awareness of carers and the support available to them, as many carers just don’t know that there is help out there, and just struggle on alone.”
“The plight of unpaid carers is of particular interest to us as a club focusing on improving the life chances of women and girls because research shows that gender is an important factor in the distribution of informal caring responsibilities in the UK. Roughly 58% of carers are female and in the two age brackets with the largest number of informal carers – 24 to 49 and 50 to 64 – women are more likely than men to be providing unpaid care.”
“500 miles won’t be easy to achieve, as we’re only a small group, and some of us have mobility problems, so it will be quite a task!”
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.