Crossroads Care was set up as a charity in 1974 and The Princess Royal Trust for Carers was founded in 1991. Both organisations became leaders in their respective fields, sharing a vision that carers should be supported and recognised as valuable citizens and treated with respect and dignity.
In 1973, the soap opera “Crossroads” featured a storyline where the son of the motel owner had a car accident and was paralysed. His mother had to care for him at home.
Noel Crane, a local man from Rugby, who was being cared for by his mother saw the programme and wrote in, complimenting ATV, the programme makers, on their portrayal of the needs of someone with a disability. They took him on as an adviser on disability issues and shared his concerns about the lack of support for people like his mother, whose life had undergone significant change as a result of his accident.
ATV then donated £10,000 to set up a pilot project in Rugby with the aim of helping carers in a practical way, in order to relieve the stress the majority of them experience.
In its first year of operation, more than 36 years ago, Crossroads supported 26 families. By 2012 Crossroads Care was supporting over 43,000 carers and their families through a national network of local Crossroads Care Schemes.
The Princess Royal Trust for Carers was created on the initiative of Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal in 1991. At that time people caring at home for family members or friends with disabilities and chronic illnesses were still scarcely recognised as requiring support.