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Charity receives £800 gift from new Care UK home

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Care UK fundraisers have presented a cheque for £800 to the East Sussex Association of Blind and Partially-Sighted People (ESAB) which has its headquarters in Hailsham. The charity has been chosen to benefit on a regular basis from events held at Bowes House, a new Care UK home in the town.

Alison Bowes, home manager at Bowes House, said she was impressed by the way ESAB works closely with its members to meet their needs and enable them to lead independent lives:

“We work closely with the charity ourselves and some of our residents are benefitting from the services they offer and so they make a very worthy charity of choice.”

Care UK boosted the home’s fundraising with a £500 donation and the rest of the money was raised through raffles, a harvest supper and entertainment evenings organised by volunteer Mary Laxton and weekend receptionist Jean Mann.

Daniel Brookbank, chief executive of ESAB, said he was grateful for the generous donation which will help the charity to continue to provide its User Reference Group which consults regularly with members.

The cheque was presented to Mr Brookbank and trustee Sue Slade by Bowes House customer relations manager Anne Morris and volunteer Mary Laxton.

Sue Slade chairs a Herstmonceux group of ESAB members which meets every other month at Bowes House in Battle Road, Hailsham. “The facilities here are superb,” she said.

ESAB support workers visit Bowes House to meet residents who particularly enjoy the talking book library service offered by the charity.

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