Cen­tre helps car­ers to of­fer vi­tal support

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

HOSPICE user Sarah Shack­le­ton-Lamptey has spo­ken out about the support East Cheshire Hospice has given not just to her but her fam­ily.

The hospice set it­self a tar­get to in­crease support to car­ers and has in­tro­duced new af­ter­noon and evening support groups com­plete with in­di­vid­u­alised pro­grammes.

Sarah has been us­ing the Sun­flower Cen­tre for nearly two years since be­ing di­ag­nosed with sec­ondary breast can­cer.

Her mother-in-law Jane Lamptey has been helped by at­tend­ing support ses­sions weekly, and the hospice has also de­vel­oped a nine-week pro­gramme to equip car­ers with cop­ing strate­gies and selfman­age­ment skills as well as of­fer­ing an as­sess­ment spe­cific to each carer’s needs.

Sarah said: “Jane has been a great support.

“She has tapped into the hospice fa­cil­i­ties by us­ing the Car­ers Drop-In on Wed­nes­days and the Car­ers Group on the first Tues­day of the month.

“They give car­ers a chance to speak to other peo­ple in the same po­si­tion, share sto­ries and tips, and it’s good to know there is support out there and peo­ple in the same boat.

“The Lamptey fam­ily are all there for me on a daily ba­sis.

“I know I can call on any one of them no mat­ter what time of the day, I know they will be there for me.

“Their support has been so pos­i­tive it has made my jour­ney so much eas­ier.

“I love them all and hope they know how much they all mean to me.”

Jane said: “Sarah is a beau­ti­ful, amaz­ing per­son, she has a mas­sive zest for life and is great fun to be around.

“Sarah al­ways thinks of other peo­ple and is keen to help.

“Re­cently Sarah in­tro­duced me to the support group for car­ers at the hospice.

“The group was very friendly and wel­com­ing, and they are a great support.

“I would en­cour­age any carer to use this ser­vice.”

Sun­flower Cen­tre man­ager San­dra Jones said: “Car­ers, whether friends and fam­ily or vol­un­teers, give so much of them­selves to the pa­tient that they are in dan­ger of ne­glect­ing their own well­be­ing.

“There is a ne­ces­sity for the car­ers to keep up their strength and spirit to con­tinue car­ing.

“Our groups help car­ers talk about their emo­tions and share ad­vice.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on support for car­ers con­tact San­dra Jones on 01625 665685. ●● ON­LINE shop­pers can now give to East Cheshire Hospice by just click­ing through a spe­cial web­site which gives its com­mis­sions to hos­pices.

The hospice has joined forces with care2save.co. uk, a new web­site that lets shop­pers give to their favourite char­i­ties just by do­ing their nor­mal shop­ping.

And the char­ity be­hind the web­site also do­nates its share of sales com­mis­sions to hos­pices across the UK.

Care2Save launched its new site ear­lier this month dur­ing Hospice Care Week to high­light its con­nec­tions to car­ing for peo­ple with life-lim­it­ing ill­nesses.

Amy Magee, fundrais­ing man­ager at East Cheshire Hospice, said: “We are de­lighted to be sup­port­ing Care2Save.

“We will be en­cour­ag­ing our sup­port­ers to shop on­line at www.care2save. co.uk to help raise funds and en­able us to pro­vide the nec­es­sary care and support to the lo­cal com­mu­nity.”

Care2Save was de­vel­oped by fundrais­ers at fel­low Cheshire hospice St Luke’s in Wins­ford to ben­e­fit all of the 223 hos­pices in the UK.

Amy said ev­ery time a shop­per uses the por­tal to buy from more than 2,000 on­line re­tail­ers, the busi­nesses pay a com­mis­sion to Care2Save.

Care2Save au­to­mat­i­cally gives 20 per cent of the com­mis­sion to help UK hos­pices, while the shop­per sim­ply chooses which favourite char­ity they want to get the re­main­ing 80 per cent.

Amy said: “There are more than six mil­lion prod­ucts avail­able on www.care2save.co.uk from more than 2,000 re­tail­ers, from Boots to Marks and Spencer, Top­man to Trav­elodge.

“Care2Save is the only shop­ping web­site run by a regis­tered char­ity and the only one to give 100 per cent of the com­mis­sion gen­er­ated from your pur­chase to char­ity – at no ex­tra cost to you.

“Care2Save has a unique con­nec­tion to the hospice sec­tor.”

An­drea Fra­gata Ladeira, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Care2Save, said: “Ev­ery­one likes to shop. Now you can do so with the added re­as­sur­ance that you’re rais­ing money for the char­ity of your choice and you’re sup­port­ing those care givers pro­vid­ing hospice and pal­lia­tive care to adults and chil­dren across the UK and around the world – all at no ad­di­tional cost to you.”

●● Nurse Joy Steven­son shows how on­line shop­pers can boost hospice funds

●● Sarah Shack­le­ton-Lamptey, right, and Jane Lamptey

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