Sussex Signs Charity of the Year

Sussex Signs Charity Childrens Respite Trust

Local Children’s Respite Charity chosen as our Charity of the Year

This year, The Sussex Sign Company has chosen The Children’s Respite Trust as their charity of the year.

It is always a difficult choice and one that is made by our team at Sussex Signs. Over the 26 years we have been in business, we have supported a huge number of different charities. Last year we raised £643 for Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Choosing the right charity for The Sussex Sign Company

This year we wanted to focus on a local charity and one that supported families. The Children’s Respite Trust is based in Uckfield, East Sussex and was founded in 2010 with the idea that too many families faced huge difficulties when bringing up a child with significant disabilities.

As there are not enough places in respite centres for disabled children, their parents and siblings face an uphill struggle to look after a disabled child. Statistics show that siblings were more likely to get into trouble at school, they would also take on more responsibilities at home and experience less time with their parents. The strain that parents go through frequently cause more marriage break-ups when there is a disabled child in the family.

The Sussex Sign Company and our team have decided to support The Children’s Respite Trust who support these caring families in East and West Sussex, Brighton and Hove, Surrey and Kent. Caring for a disabled child 24 hours a day is tiring and the trust offers much-needed support, and activity sessions for the children both with and without their families. The centre in Uckfield is a place where families can come together and know they are not alone. Please read more about the centre here.

The aim of The Children's Respite Trust is ‘that no family should have to care for a disabled child alone’. With their day care provision at their centre in Uckfield, and through a dedicated team of community support-workers in children's own homes across Sussex and Kent, as many families as possible benefit from the respite. This allows the families time and space in which to be more of a normal family for their other siblings and provides the disabled children with stimulating, fun and safe activities in which they can learn and develop.’

Supporting The Children’s Respite Trust

We hope our fundraising in 2022 can support the work of this centre. Please support us by visiting our Just Giving page

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