Merger and royal help rescue cash-crisis charity

PUBLISHED: 13:00 19 May 2012



A NORTH Somerset carers charity which was facing a funding crisis has agreed a national-level merger with a peer organisation – and secured a new royal patron.

The Mercury reported earlier this year how Crossroads Care in North Somerset was preparing to scale down or even axe some of its services in response to a substantial funding cut from North Somerset Council.

Now, however, national bosses at Crossroads – which supports carers of all ages all across the district – have agreed a link-up with partner organisation The Princess Royal Trust For Carers which will strengthen both bodies.

The two national bodies are uniting as Carers Trust, and while they will continue to run separate services in North Somerset, they will be able to utilise each other’s skills, experience and expertise to help people caring for loved ones.

And in a development which has thrilled staff and volunteers, the Princess Royal has agreed to act as president of the new charity.

Christine Holland, chief executive of Crossroads Care – based in Weston’s Graham Road – said: “Crossroads Care and The Princess Trust have a strong history of working together, with a number of jointly funded posts and a range of successful fundraising and policy campaigns.

“While both organisations are doing great work independently in supporting carers, it became apparent that so much more could be achieved if the two came together to create a new charity.

“In doing so this will give us a single, stronger voice with which to raise greater awareness of the issues that carers face, as well as the money needed to sustain existing, and develop new, services for carers.

“We are all absolutely delighted that Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal has agreed to be our patron.”

Crossroads currently supports around 2,500 carers in North Somerset, including children, but says there is a ‘hidden army’ of unregistered carers currently going it alone without any support.

Carers in need of further information or support can contact Crossroads on 01934 411855.

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