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.

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.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 23:00

Having a plan in place to provide alternative care for the person they care for in an emergency gives carers peace of mind, according to a new national survey by The Princess Royal Trust for Carers.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 13:49

By looking at improvements in outcomes for carers, The Princess Royal Trust for Carers calculates an investment of less than £5 million resulted in at least £73 million worth of social gains.

A new report written by Baker Tilly, Carers’ Centres: What impact do they have?, focuses on five Carers’ Centres and demonstrates the impact of the support given over a number of years.

Monday, June 20, 2011 - 12:26

The Princess Royal Trust for Carers Vice President, Mr Trevor Hemmings, is awarded the Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to the charity.

A successful businessman and horse racing enthusiast, Mr Hemmings first became interested in supporting the work of the Trust in 1999.

Having realised there was a gap in services for carers in the North of England he funded an office and a small team in Lancashire who worked to form partnerships to develop on existing provision and create new carers’ centres.