National ambassador role goes to local charity chief

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A CHARITY chief who lives in Bognor Regis has been given a prestigious new job.

Eric Geddes, the chief executive of Climping-based Crossroads Care South Central, has been awarded an ambassador role as part of a UK-wide charity campaign to support fundraising and put the often hidden issue of caring on the map.

Mr Geddes, 59, will represent Carers Trust, which formed last year when The Princess Royal Trust for Carers and Crossroads Care came together.

Mr Geddes, who has worked in the social care sector for more than 40 years, said: “I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to be so involved in the charity’s partnership with the Co-operative which will deliver a step-change in people’s awareness of our cause and raise the money needed to transform young people’s lives.”

The role was developed to focus on Carers Trust’s 2013 charity of the year partnership with the Co-operative, which will raise an estimated £5m to enable the charity to tackle feelings of isolation and provide desperately- needed breaks, information, advice and support for young adult carers.