PRINCESS Anne will be in Eastbourne on Monday (March 5) to acknowledge the hard work of some of the county’s unsung heroes.
The Princess Royal will officially open the Care for the Carers new centre in St Leonard’s Road, but the event is strictly invite only.
Care for the Carers is an independent charity but part of a network of care centres backed by the Princess Royal Trust for Carers, a charity which Princess Anne helped to create.
Marie Casey, chief executive of Care for the Carers, said, “It is a privilege to receive such an honourable guest and the staff, carers, volunteers and trustees are 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.”
The Eastbourne centre gives support, information, practical and emotional advice to carers who look after a relative, friend or neighbour.
They are also pointed in the right direction for helpful groups, activities, events and a range of services.
The Princess Royal Trust for Carers supports more than 140 centres like the one in Eastbourne and was created on the initiative of Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal in 1991.
At that time people caring at home for family members or friends with disabilities and chronic illnesses were scarcely recognised as requiring support.
To find out more about Care for the Carers visit www.cftc.org.uk