The National Garden Scheme has been supporting Carers Trust since 1996, having donated over £5 million in that time to help the charity raise the profile of carers’ issues and enable them to further their reach and support even more unpaid carers. In 2019-20, we reached 438,024 carers, including over 36,000 young carers. In 2020 due to the pandemic, we donated an initial £345,000 topped up to £400,000 in early 2021.
Carers Trust is the UK’s largest charity for anyone caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems.The charity offers advice, information, respite care, and financial support to carers in their local communities, as well as through their policy and campaigning work.
Reflecting on the support it has received from the National Garden Scheme, Carers Trust’s Chief Executive, Gareth Howells, said:
“The National Garden Scheme is Carers Trust’s longest standing donor, having supported us for well over twenty years. Thanks to their incredible commitment and long-term funding, we have been able to make a real and lasting difference to the lives of thousands of unpaid carers right across the UK. But this partnership is about so much more than just the funding. Gardens participating in the scheme have thrown their doors open to groups of carers so they can get a few precious hours respite from caring in a truly special place. The health benefits that come from spending time outdoors in beautiful surroundings are well known. So we are hugely grateful to the National Garden Scheme for making their beautiful gardens accessible to unpaid carers, helping them benefit from time spent outdoors in some magical places.”
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