In May, the Pears Foundation increased its donation to Carers Trust to £1m over the next two years having supported carers for over 17 years. This means we’ll be able to make additional grants for carers.

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For someone like Lily, an unpaid carer looking after her husband, this means a grant for a new bed and the difference between a good night’s sleep and constant stress and tiredness. 

Lily is 45 and cares for her husband Tom who has post-traumatic stress disorder, epilepsy and diabetes. Lily helps Tom wash and dress, supports him to attend appointments, manages the paperwork, does all the household chores and looks after their three children. 

The family is on a low income, they live hand to mouth and have no savings and this has left Lily drained and constantly stressed. She doesn’t sleep well and is constantly woken in the night by Tom. The couple were sharing a broken bed that was over 12 years old. But with the support of her local carer service we have been able to award Lily a grant of £250 from the Pears Foundation towards the cost of a new bed.

Having a new bed will help us sleep more comfortably reducing stress and tiredness so I will be able to continue caring with more energy and compassion because of a good night’s sleep.”

Lily

Help us support more carers like Lily

Your ongoing support is just as vital when it comes to helping unpaid carers like Lily. Without your selfless acts of generosity, Carers Trust alongside its Network Partners, would not be able to impact the lives of vulnerable carers, making such a difference to those in need.  Thank you.   

Getting local support 

If you are a carer you may be able to receive a grant as part of a package of support from your local Carers Trust Network Partner. Find your nearest Network Partner.

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