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The Respite Association receives funding from The Duncan & Toplis Foundation

| Duncan & Toplis | 9 October 2023

Duncan & Toplis are delighted to be supporting The Respite Association with grant funding to support their carers based in Derbyshire, Leicestershire, and Nottinghamshire through their charitable arm, the Duncan & Toplis Foundation.

The Respite Association provides short-term assistance by funding appropriately qualified respite care for people with disabilities, long-term physical or mental health conditions, and those who are terminally ill in order that their regular unpaid carer can be allowed to take a much-needed break. They offer each carer a bespoke service, asking them what they need rather than telling them what they should want.

For example, the charity provides week-long breaks by the seaside for carers and their families in their two holiday facilities; a cottage in Cornwall and a caravan in North Wales.

Speaking about the current predicament that the charity faces, John Turner, Chief Executive of the charity explained:

“The last few years have been terribly isolating and stressful for unpaid carers, with Covid taking an enormous toll on their health and wellbeing. Carers feel socially isolated at the best of times, but Covid created an atmosphere of fear and anxiety that still remains for many.

“Now we have the economic crisis piling even more pressure on to carers, who for the most part are on very limited incomes, as many give up their careers to care. For those eligible, Carers’ Allowance is limited, making any sort of respite an impossibility.

“We are most grateful to the Duncan & Toplis Foundation for this funding which will allow us to support 2-3 carer families – just ordinary people doing extraordinary things – with a short respite break from their 24/7 caring duties."

Theo Banos, director at Duncan & Toplis, Grantham, and Trustee of the Duncan & Toplis Foundation, said:

“The Respite Association undoubtedly provides incredibly important support to families in our communities, and without question are a very deserving charity. We are thrilled that we can contribute to providing much-needed respite.”

For further information about The Respite Association, please visit their website.


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