Thank you for your interest in making a donation to Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal Respite Fund For Carers.
Caring for a family member or friend can be a rewarding experience. But it is also incredibly demanding. Even before Coronavirus, unpaid carers were exhausted, with many at ‘breaking point’ because of the need to provide round-the-clock care for their loved ones.
Coronavirus has made a bad situation for unpaid carers even worse. Many are now caring an extra ten hours a week on top of the long hours they were already devoting to a family member or friend unable to look after themselves.
The need for properly funded respite breaks for carers has never been more urgent. These respite breaks are not holidays - they are a basic necessity, helping unpaid carers recharge and re-energise so they can continue their caring role.
But all too often, it’s impossible for unpaid carers to find, or pay for, replacement care so they can take that break – even if it’s for just a few hours.
All money raised from the Appeal will be allocated to Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal Respite Fund for Carers. This is an initiative created by Carers Trust using designated funds from its reserves.
By donating to the Appeal, you will be contributing to the Respite Fund, set up to mark the 70th birthday of Carers Trust President, Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal.
Our aim is to provide grants to approximately 30,000 carers through Carers Trust local partner services so carers can take the break they so desperately need, and at no expense to themselves. To do this we need to raise £3 million for the Fund over the next two years.
Thanks to £1 million funding from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and Pears Foundation, Carers Trust has already supported 6,000 unpaid carers, providing them with grants for respite breaks. The grants were provided to carers through 37 Carers Trust local partner services.
Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal Respite Fund for Carers will build on this success, using the same model for getting grants to carers, but on a greater scale. Carers like Andrea and Melanie - read about the difference respite breaks have made for them.
We are inviting you to join forces with other like-minded individuals to help us raise the funds needed to provide grants to carers around the UK.
By supporting Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal Respite Fund For Carers you will be giving exhausted carers who could not otherwise afford it, the chance of a much-needed break and time for themselves. Your generosity will help carers to recharge and look after their own wellbeing, alongside that of the person they care for.
For more information on how you can get involved, please email our Philanthropy Manager Philip Howell‑Williams or call him on 07521 871808.