King Charles has pledged £1.95million to seven causes close to his heart.

The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund (PWCF) has just announced that it will award £1.95million in grants to seven charities over the next three years. The Fund, established by King Charles, has awarded more than £73million since its inception in 1979. The seven selected charities were chosen by the Trustees for their critically important work in the areas of environmental sustainability and environmental sustainability. social inclusion – two causes close to the king’s heart.

The seven charities chosen are: Plantlife International, Practical Action, The Wildlife Trusts, Age Scotland, Carers Trust, BIGKID Foundation and Omega.

The Carers Trust will receive a major grant of £300,000 to support its advocacy and campaigning work on behalf of the estimated seven million unpaid carers in the UK.

Kirsty McHugh, the organisation’s chief executive, said the donation came at an important time, as research shows more people are being forced to become unpaid carers, pushing them into poverty.

“We carried out a survey last year which showed that almost two-thirds of adult carers have been forced to give up their jobs entirely or reduce their working hours due to the demands of their caring role, ” he says.

Ms McHugh continued: “Our survey showed that one in seven unpaid carers (14%) used a food bank, while a quarter (25%) had to cut back on their food. There is no doubt that this wonderful grant will help ease the burden of some of the most vulnerable people in our society. »

Another social inclusion charity, the BIGKID foundation, will receive a grant of £90,000.

This small community organization was founded in 2000 to tackle violence and social exclusion among young people living in Brixton and six London boroughs including Lambeth, Lewisham and Hounslow.

BIGKID Foundation Founder and CEO Shaninga Marasha said, “This grant comes at a very important time. We are growing in response to the growing needs of our young people. In Lambeth, we have developed a unique hub model, if where our school programs are linked to our community engagement and more targeted mentoring and wellness support.

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Our ambition is to replicate this program in other boroughs, building on the positive results we have already achieved through our “Breaking Barriers with the American Flag” football program.

Practical Action, one of the environmental charities, will receive £390,000 which will enable small farmers in sub-Saharan Africa to develop farming systems that can adapt to climate change while ensuring an efficient standard of living.

Other charities to receive grants include Plantlife International, which will receive £390,000 over three years to develop a science and impact program to help promote wild plants and fungi; The Wildlife Trusts, which will also receive £390,000 over three years to put people at the heart of the fight against the climate and nature crisis.

Age Scotland will receive £300,000 over three years to help fund services to improve the financial stability, health and wellbeing of older people and Omega, the National Association for End-of-Life Care, a charity based in the West Midlands which will receive £90,000 over three years to help reduce loneliness and isolation for frail older people who face multiple challenges, such as caring responsibilities, mental health issues and loneliness .

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PWCF is on a mission to change lives and build sustainable communities. It provides grants to non-profit organizations registered in the UK to carry out projects in the UK and abroad.

He receives significant royalties from the Waitrose supermarket’s Duchy Originals range, which the King founded in 1990 when he was Prince of Wales.

He founded this chain with the goal of creating what he calls a “virtuous circle” by helping small farmers find new markets for their products while providing consumers with natural, high-quality foods and promoting more sustainable production methods that improve soil health and protect the environment.

Since 2009, royalties from the Waitrose range have generated more than £34 million for PWCF and the good causes it supports.

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