The Abbeyfield Society provide housing and support for older people who no longer feel able to cope or do not want to live alone at home. Over the last 5 days Ian McNulty, house manager in Hastings, has been leading a team of supporters in a walk from Hastings to Hove, calling at all the East Sussex Abbeyfield homes enroute. Last year they walked to St Albans, and next year they are planning a hike to Canterbury to raised funds for the work.
This year they battled wind, rain and the occasional bit of sunshine before enjoying tea, cakes and a small glass of wine at the welcome party in Hove.
Councillor Graham Cox said ‘We held a debate on care for the elderly earlier this week. There are big challenges for us all but Abbeyfield is one part of the solution.’
The Councillors congratulated the walkers on their determination to keep going, and met residents of the Hove home and even the boss of Abbeyfield overseas who attended in person to express his support.
‘Abbeyfield is in some ways ‘a best kept secret’. The skilled staff and local volunteers make sure Aymer Road really is a home for home for residents’, added Councillor Denise Cobb