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  • close Carers Week - Video Diary
    Jun 12 2017
    Carers Week - Video Diary
    Sue and Pete

    For Carers Week, we asked Sue to record a video diary about caring for her husband Pete, who has MS.  We'll be posting her updates all this week.

  • close Carers Support West Sussex celebrated Family and Friend Carers during Carers Week
    Jun 12 2017
    Carers Support West Sussex celebrated Family and Friend Carers during Carers Week
    Carers Week logo 2017 2

    Carers Support West Sussex is spending Carers Week (12th – 18th June) celebrating the amazing contribution of around 89,000 Family and Friend Carers who care for other people across West Sussex. 

    The West Sussex charity is hosting and taking part in more than 40 events over the course of the week, including information stands at West Sussex libraries, hospitals and GP surgeries.  Staff are also hosting a Vintage Tea Party in Lancing, a Punjabi Street Food demonstration in Horsham and has given away tickets to the Weald and Downland Living Museum in Singleton.

    We will be offering support to Carers and urging everyone to be Carer Friendly and build Carer Friendly Communities.

    There are more than 89,000 Carers in West Sussex and, save the county more than £1.5 billion a year.*

    Jennie Musgrove, Carers Support West Sussex Chief Executive said:

    “We want local people to recognize the selfless, hard work and support Carers give to their family and friends.  There are many stresses and strains to face but also many rewards and comforts of helping loved ones to remain in their homes when they are frail, unwell, need support or have other special needs.  Please just ask any Carer to give us a call. “

    As part of Carers Week, Carers Support West Sussex is also releasing a video diary, produced by one of our 18,000 registered Carers, charting a week in the life of looking after her husband.  Sue Fermor Bradstock, from Crawley, cares for her husband Pete, who has Multiple Sclerosis.  The diary will be published on the Carers Support Facebook page daily during Carers Week.  You can find the page here:

    About making the video diary, Sue said:

    “I was nervous about making the video diary but having personal experience and having met many Carers while employed as a Health Care Assistant in a Mental Health setting I have for some time wanted to play a part in highlighting what it is like to be a Carer.”

    “It can be hard for those who have never been in this position to have any idea.  It can be challenging and both emotionally and physically exhausting. You may have to deal with situations at home and with outside agencies that you are not familiar with.  It is a role that has no training and varies enormously from person to person.”

    Sue continued:

    “If the person you are caring for cannot communicate well or has altered perception you can sometimes feel very lonely.”

    “We have a small group of Carers who know Pete well and have almost become part of the family. We have supportive family, church and friends locally. Others are not this fortunate.”

    “It sometimes feels like an enormous responsibility, particularly knowing when to get professional help.  It can be a struggle financially if you give up work to look after someone. 

    However it is very rewarding to know that you are looking after the person you care for to the best of your ability and enabling them to remain happily with their family in their own home.”

    “If you know a Carer ask them about their situation, there may be some very small thing you could do to make a difference and if not, you asking might just make them feel that someone cares about them too.”

    Carers Support West Sussex will be hosting events across the county over the course of the week, including Worthing, Crawley, Lancing, Bognor Regis, Chichester, Horsham, Haywards Heath, Midhurst, Littlehampton, East Grinstead, Arundel, Broadfield, Findon, Southbourne, Steyning, Storrington, Henfield and Burgess Hill.

    More information can be found on our website or by calling our Carer Response Line on 0300 028 8888.