Press Releases

Below are the most recent press releases sent out by The Trust. If you'd like to know more about any of the issues concerned, then contact the Press Team.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - 15:35

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal will visit Redbridge Carers Support Service (RCSS) on Thursday 24 November at 2pm. The Princess will be unveiling a plaque to commemorate her visit.

Friday, November 18, 2011 - 16:04

Just over a quarter of the public (26%) would be likely to ask for help from friends if they needed assistance washing and eating, according to a YouGov survey on the limits of friendship, commissioned by The Princess Royal Trust for Carers (The Trust) to launch a new Facebook app, Who Cares?

Friday, October 21, 2011 - 15:07

The Scottish Young Carers Festival will be the star of the show this Monday (31 October 2011) when it is featured on Channel 5’s prime time TV show Celebrity Wish List.

The Festival, which is organised by The Princess Royal Trust for Carers, took place at the end of August and brought together more than 500 young carers from all over Scotland. As part of the programme TV presenter Zoe Salmon and the band McFly dropped in to surprise the young carers, who had no idea that this year’s festival would feature such exciting guests.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 15:29

Florence Burke, Director for Scotland for The Princess Royal Trust for Carers, said: "We're delighted that the Scottish Government has expanded the energy assistance package for carers receiving Carers Allowance. Caring for people in the home often means energy bills are much higher than normal and the choice to care can lead to financial and fuel poverty. This is a positive development which highlights that the Scottish Government recognises the additional costs of caring and its ongoing commitment to help improve the lives of Scotland's unpaid carers."

Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - 11:54

Liz Fenton, chief executive of The Princess Royal Trust for Carers, said: ‘Peter Carter’s comment on extending hospital visiting hours for patients’ relatives raises an important issue. Family often do want to be involved in the care of their relatives and are often excluded unnecessarily, meaning they get little information or support. Any intention for nurses to involve family carers more is positive but their contribution must always be seen as additional to a properly resourced NHS with appropriate staffing.

Monday, September 5, 2011 - 15:54

Deteriorating health, having to cancel operations and worrying about what will happen to your loved one when you’re gone is the reality for older carers, according to new research from The Princess Royal Trust for Carers.

More than one in eight people aged over 60 is a carer and almost 70% of the older carers in our survey said caring had a negative impact on their physical health. One third (34%) reported cancelling a treatment or operation for themselves because of their caring responsibilities. Half (49.2%) said that their health had got worse in the last year.

Monday, August 29, 2011 - 23:00

McFly dropped in to surprise young carers at this year’s Scottish Young Carers Festival, held at Broomlee Outdoor Education Centre in West Linton (27&28 August 2011).

The band was being filmed for a TV programme due to be aired on Channel 5 this autumn, Celebrity Wish List. They dropped in on the festival site on the Saturday, where they stayed for a few hours, performed an impromptu gig, and handed out goodie bags. Accompanying the band was presenter Zoe Salmon who will be presenting the programme.

Monday, August 22, 2011 - 23:00

More than 500 young carers are heading for a fun-filled weekend this Saturday (August 27) at Broomlee, West Linton for the fourth Scottish Young Carers Festival.

Organised by The Princess Royal Trust for Carers, the two-day Festival brings together young carers from all over Scotland. Its aim is to give them a weekend to take a break from caring, try out different activities and quiz politicians.

Young carers groups from all over Scotland will be attending the Festival. Those travelling the furthest this year include young carers from Orkney and Aberdeenshire.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 23:00

New Dragon’s Den star Hilary Devey is backing the Give Carers a Break campaign to push Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) to give England’s five million unpaid carers the support they desperately need.

The campaign by the country’s two leading carers’ charities, The Princess Royal Trust for Carers and Crossroads Care, aims to persuade PCTs to use Government-allocated funding of £400m1 for breaks and other help for carers.

Monday, July 4, 2011 - 10:31

Liz Fenton, Chief Executive of The Princess Royal Trust for Carers, said: "We welcome the report from the Dilnot Commission on funding social care. This represents a fairer way forward for people with care needs and it means they and their families can plan for the future without the fear of losing everything.