Carers Trust receives £1m from the Pears Foundation

The funding will help support the immediate needs of unpaid carers across the UK

A charity that helps unpaid carers has received a £1m boost from the Pears Foundation.

The Carers Trust will spend the award on its direct grants programme, which supports the immediate needs of UK unpaid carers.

The grants are awarded to unpaid carers through a network of 140 local care charities, coordinated by the trust.

The maximum grant for individuals is £300. There is no maximum limit for group applications.

Beneficiaries can spend the grants on essential needs, such as breaks from caring, transport costs or household objects essential to their caring roles, such as beds, cookers and washing machines.

The foundation is a long-term supporter of the trust, which was formed by the merger of the Princess Royal Trust for Carers and Crossroads Care in 2012.

It gave grants to the Princess Royal Trust for Carers from 2002 and has continued its support since the merger.

But the foundation's latest two-year grant represents a doubling of its annual support.

The sum represents almost a fifth of the trust's annual income, which was £5.6m in the financial year ending 31 March 2018.

Giles Meyer, chief executive of the trust, said the grant would have "a huge and immediate impact on the lives of thousands of unpaid carers across the UK".

He added: "The funding could not be more timely, because central funding for essential local services continues to be pared back to the bone."

Sir Trevor Pears, executive chair of the Pears Foundation, said: "Carers are the backbone of society, working tirelessly to support loved ones and family members in need."

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