Lewes and Eastbourne Soroptimists help children choose presents for their carers at the Foster Carers Association Christmas Party and meet Jaqueline Wilson
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On Sunday 9th December 2018 the East Sussex Foster Carers Association held a Christmas Party for over 200 foster children and their carers in Eastbourne, at which the Soroptimists brought the foster parents presents table.
This is the fifth year the Lewes Soroptimist Club has run the “Christmas presents for Carers” project. The foster children visit the Soroptimists’ present room during the party where they carefully choose Christmas presents for foster parents, wrap and label them and take them home at the end of the party to put under the tree to give on Christmas Day. This has been very popular over the last five years and establishes the enjoyment and understanding of giving amongst the children in care. An appreciation that we hope will last a lifetime.
This year the Lewes Rotary, Lewes Barbican Rotary and Uckfield Lions kindly donated the funds with which Lewes Soroptomists bought a wide range of over a 100 presents for the foster children to choose from. The Eastbourne Soroptimist club joined us on the day to help with the choosing and wrapping and meeting the lovely children, some of whom we have been meeting for the last 5 years.
This year was particularly special as the Foster Carers Association patron Dame Jaqueline Wilson came to the party and sat with us as we wrapped the presents and met the children, many of whom had read her books and were very excited to meet her.
Children in Care in East Sussex: Christmas is about Giving and Receiving

For the third year running, Lewes Soroptimists had a “Christmas Presents for Carers” project and this time the Eastbourne Club also participated. We gathered presents that the foster children could choose and give to their foster parents. We hoped this project would help establish the enjoyment and understanding of giving amongst the children in care; an appreciation that will last a lifetime.
Many local shops and businesses donated gifts in time for the foster children’s Christmas Party on 6 December 2015. This is when the children came to the Soroptimist’s stall and chose and wrapped the present for their carers.
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Children in Care in East Sussex: Christmas is about Giving and Receiving

For the third year running, Lewes Soroptimists had a “Christmas Presents for Carers” project and this time the Eastbourne Club also participated. We gathered presents that the foster children could choose and give to their foster parents. We hoped this project would help establish the enjoyment and understanding of giving amongst the children in care; an appreciation that will last a lifetime.
Many local shops and businesses donated gifts in time for the foster children’s Christmas Party on 6 December 2015. This is when the children came to the Soroptimist’s stall and chose and wrapped the present for their carers.
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On Saturday 6 December 2014, Sarah Mackintosh and club members attended the East Sussex Foster Care Association Christmas party and provided gifts for the children to choose and wrap as presents for their carers. Sarah reports it was a very good day, made possible with the support of our club members through donations, some donations from local businesses and lots of help from Sue, Amanda & Vera who were fantastic.
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Sarah, Vera, Amanda and Sue


Christmas Presents for Carers

SI Lewes held their meeting on 19 December 2013 in the Council Chamber of Lewes Town Hall by arrangement with the Mayor of Lewes and club member, Ruth O’Keeffe.  Children in care from the Lewes District selected and wrapped presents, which they could give to their carers for Christmas.  They were helped by club members, two community police officers and Father Christmas.