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CHARITY OF THE YEAR 2018 – CHILDREN’S RESPITE TRUST
This year Dawson Hart are pleased to announce that our Charity of the Year is The Children’s Respite Trust!
The Children’s Respite Trust is a charity that provides respite for disabled children and support for their families from East and West Sussex. They have recently moved their base to Uckfield. The Trust Provides respite for some of the most unwell children in our community. Most of these children have what are described as complex medical needs, essentially meaning that they need 24 hour care.
What is Respite
Respite takes many forms. For most of our children our charity work means regular support at home from a Children’s Respite Trust Carer. For others it involves attending a regular activity and for some it might be a week in a private respite centre that we have organised. Either way, it means that families can get a much-needed break from the strain of caring for a disabled child 24 hours a day.
We always start by helping families get respite from their local authority. Our caseworkers assist families to get the support to which they are entitled. This way our charity work doesn’t replace what the Government should do. This can often mean greater ongoing respite than we can provide directly. Once we have exhausted this route, we can consider what support we can provide through our fundraising.
The Trust’s Community Respite Team are a dedicated group of carers who give families a break in the community. The Children can rarely be left with another family member or ordinary babysitter, so this service means having qualified carers, trained in the individual needs of each child.
The Trust aims to provide day care at its new Centre in Uckfield, East Sussex, from Summer 2018. The centre will mean that children will be able to come and enjoy supervised playtime during weekends and school holidays, while their families can get a much-needed break knowing that their children are getting the best possible care.
We look forward to raising money for the Children’s Respite Trust and hope you will support us in our fundraising.
Four years ago we decided to formalise our partnership with charities by naming one charity each year that we would fundraise for. Previous charities we have worked with are:
- St Wilfrid’s Hospice – 2017
- Chestnut Tree House – 2016
- Rockinghorse – 2015
- Uckfield Performance Ensemble (in memory of Luke Bland) - 2014