Carers Trust is delighted to be in partnership with The Rank Group Plc, owners of Mecca Bingo and Grosvenor Casinos. The partnership was launched in February 2014 and funds the Rank Cares grants programme for carers across the UK.

The grants give carers access to desperately needed breaks, essential equipment to support caring responsibilities and skills and training courses. They can make the challenge of being a carer that little bit easier, help stop people from breaking down under the strain and help carers find ways to cope with caring. Six years into the partnership, see all the different ways the funds raised by the Rank Group have helped over 11,670 carers

Fundraising and volunteering

As of March 2019, The Rank Group Plc's 12,000 employees have raised almost £2.3m. They've taken part in bake-offs, leg-waxing, head shaving, 24-hour karaoke, marathons, cycles relays … the list is endless!

The fundraising efforts of the Rank Group team members and their customers across the country have been phenomenal. Their incredible support has made a vast difference to local unpaid carers by providing them with respite breaks, grants to buy essential items such as washing machines and giving them the opportunity to go on courses and learn new skills.”

Svetlana Kirov, Director of Fundraising and Communications, Carers Trust

Employees have also been showing their support by volunteering to help their local Carers Trust Network Partners. So far, they've donated more than 10,000 hours, doing everything from gardening to hosting pamper days and tea parties for carers, as well as helping with  baking for carers events, mentoring and providing HR support.

Woman with balloons

I love everything I do with Carers Trust and I feel privileged to be able to help, we always have a great time with our fundraising and all the team really do pull together . . . I really love volunteering . . .  I am a trained beautician and enjoy organising the pamper days, we go out to meet carers, give them a little bit of pampering and it's lovely!”

Sharon – Grosvenor The Park Tower – was awarded Champion of Champions for 2016

Group of people having lunch

This event started as just a bit of a wish list from Camden Carers Service. The dream was that our chefs would come in and cook a lunch for the carers. It was decided we could prepare a three-course-meal for up to 50 carers. On the day, we transported all the food from our casino across to Camden Carers Service and started to set up ready for the lunch. The buzz in the room was amazing as we started to serve the courses, compliments were coming from all angles. So many of the people attending said they had never had anything like it before. There was a massive cheer for us all at the end and a few cuddles for the chefs."

Vicki Parker, Champion at Grosvenor Victoria

Running the Virgin London Marathon 

In 2019, three Mecca team members ran for Carers Trust at the 2019 London Marathon, pushing themselves to help provide the very best support for the UK's seven million unpaid carers of today and ten million carers of tomorrow.

And we have two runners limbering up for the 2020 Virgin London Marathon.

About the Rank Cares Grants programme

Our partnership is enabling us to deliver small grants to carers registered with Carers Trust's Network Partners:

  • Carers Essentials Fund – carers can apply for grants towards the cost of vital equipment such as washing machines, cookers, fridge freezers or a bed.
  • Carers Take Time Out Fund – is giving carers time out from caring to relax, do something for themselves and recharge their batteries.
  • Carers Skills Fund – is enabling carers to learn new skills to help them with caring or to return to work.

Please note, carers must be registered with a Carers Trust Network Partner to access these grants. Find your local carers service.

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