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VIVAB R I G H T O N#85 MAR 2020EDITORIAL..................................................Viva Magazines is based at:Lewes House, 32 High St,Lewes, BN7 2LX.For all enquiries call:01273 488882.Every care has been taken toensure the accuracy of our content.We cannot be held responsible forany omissions, errors or alterations.I wasn’t sure what to expect when we startedexploring ‘care’ – our theme for this month’s issue.The word is all too often couched in terms of abroken, costly and overburdened system. Would wefind lamentable stories of the forgotten, beleagueredand downtrodden?Of course not. Quite the opposite in fact. Wefound people who consider their caring role to bea privilege and who know that in caring for otherswe care for ourselves. Like the extraordinary teamat the Martlets hospice, whose work with the dyingreminds them of what’s truly important about life.We discover the stories of Helen Boyle – Brighton’sfirst female GP and a pioneering mental healthdoctor, and the philanthropic Mrs Marriott – whoarranged for almshouses to be built for the poor.And then there are those who care for the carers:the Young Carers Project who support kids whoselives are affected by the health condition of a lovedone, and the psychologist who developed an inhousecounselling service for NHS workers. Wemeet people listening out for the lost and the lonelyand the unsung: a series of books putting underrepresentedvoices in the Spotlight, a social workerwho’s helping young and unaccompanied femalemigrants to navigate their futures, and the peopleat Grassroots Suicide Prevention charity who arethrowing a lifeline to those at their lowest ebb (andteaching others to do the same).It’s true that caring roles can be woefully underpaid(if they are paid at all), but the stories in these pagesremind me that care, compassion and kindness arestill free and, mercifully, in abundant local supply.