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Sussane Beesley East Sussex Foster Care Chair

On the 2nd and 3rd of September Sainsbury’s Eastbourne in the Arndale Centre will be holding there launch event for their new Local Charity of the Year, East Sussex Foster Care Association.

To kick start this new partnership a range of activities have been planned all of which will be held outside the front of the store. On Friday the 2nd of September colleagues will be having a second hand book sale and a brick a brack stall. On Saturday the 3rd tombola is going to be held with some great prizes donated from Middle Farm, Drusilla’s and David Lloyds. A colouring competition is also taking place from now until close of trade on the 4th of September with two categories six and under 6-12 year olds. Entry is a £1 with winners getting two cinema tickets. Children can get there pictures from the customer service desk. Staff will also dress up as their favourite children’s character, with all monies raised going to the charity.

Susanne Beesley Chair of East Sussex Foster Care Association said:

East Sussex Foster Care Association (ESFCA) are delighted to have been voted as Sainsbury’s Charity of the year and have been impressed by the obvious enthusiasm of the staff team at Sainsbury’s. Our membership are eagerly looking forward to working alongside Sainsbury’s as a National company who are interested in the wellbeing of children and families  in their local community.   

There are approximately 550 children in care in East Sussex at any one time, with ages ranging from birth to 18 years old. These children come into care for a number of complex reasons having experienced some form of trauma. Many children have suffered neglect or witnessed domestic violence. Other families may be struggling with the demands of parenting and with support some children are able to return home to their families. Foster carers are often involved in this process by supporting and working with birth families with guidance from the local authority.

ESFCA is an independent charityrun by foster carers, for foster carers and their families, including ‘Children Who Foster’ and ‘Children in Care.’ The charity was launched in 1993 by a group of foster carers and other interested parties in response to the needs of the children/young people in care across the County and the demands this places on their Foster Families. Since its introduction, volunteers have developed a range of support, advice, advocacy, activities and training services for their fellow carers, families and the Children in Care throughout East Sussex.

We are keen to enable the children and families we look out for, and welcome Sainsbury’s in share in our vision. We believe that by offering support, guidance and education we can work together to build stronger communities and brighter futures for our young people. 

Jayne Torvill patron of ESFCA has shared her delight about East Sussex Foster Care Association's new partnership with Sainsbury’s Arndale Centre Eastbourne and is looking forward to attending some of the activities that ESFCA and Sainsbury’s plan together. 

Jayne said: ‘..I feel passionate about the importance of supporting the work of the Association who make such a valuable contribution to the positive experiences of children in our local community..’

Jane shared that she….’ values contributing to the associations work by helping to create new and special memories for children in the special care of the local authority and the  children the of fostering  families whose involvement, care and acceptance is instrumental to the success of the fostering process...’

Liz Attwell , Store Manager added:

“It’s been fantastic to see the way everyone’s pulled together since we started working with East Sussex Foster Care Association. We’ve enjoyed coming up with ways to support this very worthy cause and it’s great to think that we’re making a positive difference to so many people.”