Prince William and Kate’s Royal Wedding gift for carersBy Becky Barnes
April 26, 2012
Charities are saying a big thank you to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for donating thousands of pounds from their royal wedding gift fund to help Bracknell Forest’s hard-working carers.
Prince William and Kate, who celebrate their first anniversary on Sunday, set up a charitable fund instead of accepting wedding gifts.
The money was split between 26 organisations across the UK, one of which was Berkshire Community Foundation, who allocated funds to local charities this week.
Berkshire Community Foundation used its £42,000 to support charities that help carers, awarding £4,000 to Bracknell Forest Voluntary Action and £2,000 to Wokingham, Bracknell and District Mencap.
In addition, £10,000 has been given to Berkshire Autistic Society
Chris Bounds, care services manager at Bracknell Forest Voluntary Action, said: “We are thrilled to have been awarded money from the Royal Wedding Fund.
“Our £4,000 grant will supplement the services that we provide to unpaid, informal adult carers in Bracknell Forest borough.
“Specifically, we will be setting up regular events to allow carers to socialise and benefit from the peer support they get from each other.”
“The grant will enable us to enhance the provision in place to help carers manage what is an incredibly demanding role.”
The charity, established in 1985, supports 550 community and voluntary groups in Bracknell offering core support on a number of subjects including development, practical resources, volunteer recruitment and funding advice.
In addition, for the past 10 years the group has provided services to support carers and vulnerable adults through their adult carers service, domestic support service and befriending scheme.
Wokingham, Bracknell and District Mencap will split the £2,000 grant between the two towns.
Joint chief executive Mary Durman said: “We had a phone call on Monday to tell us the news.
“We are absolutely over the moon.
“Thank you to Wills and Kate for helping our charity and for supporting people who are less fortunate than them.”
The charity provides specific support for carers with learning difficulties and autism.
The money will be used to provide respite for carers through theatre trips, shopping sprees and weekends away.
The charity’s tenet is that everyone with a learning disability has the right to choose what they do and how they do it.
Across Berkshire, 13 charities supporting carers were selected to benefit from the fund.