Norfolk Millennium Trust for Carers have been awarded £4,000 from the public vote for the Freemasons Community Award.
As part of Freemasonry’s 300th anniversary celebrations, the Masonic Charitable Foundation recently distributed three million pounds to 300 charities across the country after a public vote. The Foundation awards millions of pounds each year to local and national charities that help vulnerable people, advance medical research and provide opportunities for young people.
Norfolk Millennium Trust for Carers was lucky enough to be one of those causes selected to help continue their work which launched in 1998 with the We Care Appeal. Norfolk Community Foundation took over the management of the fund in 2017 and administrates the small grants to vulnerable and elderly carers. The £4,000 award will help to provide practical items for individuals and families, such as washing machines and laptops, power packs for wheelchairs, and short breaks and leisure activities which relieve the 24/7 pressures of caring. It is estimated that as many as one in seven adults in the county is an unpaid carer, with an estimated 10,000 young carers in Norfolk alone.
Graham Tuttle, CEO at Norfolk Community Foundation said:
“This grant will make a huge difference to our work and the support we can offer to Carers through the We Care 2000 Appeal which currently helps around 200 carers each year.”
The MCF Community Awards have been a great success with over 177,000 votes cast across the country over the seven week voting period.
Thank you to everyone who voted for the Norfolk Millennium Trust for Carers as the charity of their choice. Congratulations to Star Throwers, Stepping Stones, Centre 81, Homestart Norfolk and West Norfolk Carers on their awards.