Club donates food and cash to good cause

Pupils from Gildredge House handed over the cheque
Pupils from Gildredge House handed over the cheque

Seaford Beach

I continue to monitor issue

Copy of a letter from MP Norman Baker sent to Jim Skinner of Seaford regarding maintenance of Seaford Beach, which was published in the Gazette earlier this month:

Thank you for writing to me regarding Seaford beach.

Over the last five years you have of course written to me on many occasions highlighting your concerns related to the profile of Seaford Beach. As you know, I have made numerous representations to the Environment Agency for you on many different occasions and received responses to the wide number of beach related issues you have raised which I have passed on to you.

I continue to monitor your exchanges about this issue and I assure you that I am well aware of your ongoing concerns. Of course, nobody wants an accident to happen at this location but, as you know, the Environment Agency has different views on how best to proceed and, as specialists in this area, these views must be given weight.

You will also recall that I have previously taken your concerns to the highest levels of government by contacting the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs. I forwarded you the response that I received from the Minister for Environmental Protection.

If you have new concerns based on a change in the situation I will, of course, be happy to write to the Environment Agency once more. However, you’ll recognise that I have pursued your existing issues with the beach on many occasions and in light of the replies from the Environment Agency, I do not see any signs that they are likely to change this stance.


new year

Give blood in 2014 plea

I’m sure that after all that turkey and trifle, your readers are thinking forward to their New Year’s resolutions for 2014.

Instead of giving something up, we’re asking them to give blood.

Donating blood saves lives. It’s an easy resolution to keep and is easy to get started.

During 2013, blood donors across England and North Wales helped save and transform the lives of hundreds of thousands of patients within the NHS and we are grateful to each and every one of them for taking the time to donate. We’re looking forward to welcoming them again into our donation sessions in 2014 as they continue to save lives.

Becoming a blood donor is easy. All people need to do is visit, register and book an appointment at a local sesion.

So go on, please encourage your readers to make an important resolution this year. To save lives as a blood donor.


NHS Blood and Transplant

Carer’s letter

Centre gave me freedom

For the attention of Barry Atkins – Head of Strategic Commissioning (Older people & Carers):

Further to the meeting held at the Orion Centre, December 10, and the letter I handed to you.

I understand Prime Minister David Cameron is urging ‘more thought be given to Dementia sufferers’, and without wishing to insult your intelligence by informing you of something you may already have some knowledge of, I would like to tell you what life is like for me, a carer.

My dear husband, John 75 ,suffered three strokes two years ago, causing him amongst other things to have short term memory loss, and vascular dementia. During this time my husband has gone from looking after me, to being totally reliant upon my help.

Apart from learning the financial aspect of managing our home, I have had to learn to shave him, trim his moustache, cut his nails, and help him to shower; He has become incontinent, and has to be guided in the use of continent aids, and the use of the toilet.

My day begins a little after midnight, and because of his confused state my husband will roam around the bedroom frequently question the time, the day, what he is supposed to be doing, is he wearing the right clothes as well as frequent visits to the bathroom.

We often have a cup of tea a couple of times during the night-this in the hopes that he will settle down, and I can also get some sleep.

The alarm is set for 6.30am regardless of how much, or how little sleep we have had. It takes between two and three hours to get my husband showered, dressed, and fed to begin the new day. Constantly reassuring him, and repeatedly answering the same question.

Before my husband was allocated a place at the Orion Day Centre I was exhausted, frightened and very stressed. I worried I would become too ill to look after him; I have no family locally to help. Initially I was very nervous to hand over the care of my husband to someone else, but the manager and the staff won me over with their warm and caring attitude to, not just to my husband, but to all the clients. The staff are a caring and dedicated team.

The Orion Centre has given me the freedom to do the jobs in the home I am unable to do when my husband is here. He just wants me to be with him all the time, and can e quite demanding. I can go to have my own hair cut without having to take him with me, and worrying whether he will go ´walk about´. For a few hours during the time John is at the Centre I am ´Linda´ again!

Another very important reason for keeping the centre open is simply that it is so important to my husband to have routine, continuity, and familiarity. He knows the days he goes to the centre, he knows the time the bus picks him up, and he knows the time he will come home. Not so important to you and me perhaps, but to the dementia sufferer, very important, and for me, a giant leap that my husband knows these things when he remembers little else.

The majority of clients attending the centre, have paid their taxes, served in Her Majesty’s armed forces, and whilst employed have paid their National Insurance contributions.

The closing Of the Orion Centre in Hailsham isn as you have been told, a huge blow to clients, carers and to the staff. It will leave a huge hole in the Wealden area.


St Johns Road, Polegate

charity appeal

‘Go Green’ for the NSPCC

With the New Year comes the time to make those all important New Year Resolutions and I’d like to appeal to your readers to help to make a fundamental difference to the lives of vulnerable children and young people. We’re calling on people in East Sussex to ‘Go Green’ on any day during February. Go Green is really easy to be part of – people can just wear green clothes for the day, only eat green-coloured food or hold a green themed party and either get sponsored or collect donations for the NSPCC – it really is up to them! We can supply posters, balloons, and sponsor forms to help make life easier too. Money raised will help to fund the NSPCC’s ChildLine Schools Service in this area. Anyone wishing to find out more about the NSPCC or how they can Go Green, should contact us on 0203 188 3932 or log on to


NSPCC head of region (fundraising)