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Carer respite service nets £120k funds

PUBLISHED: 10:53 01 April 2010 | UPDATED: 17:45 25 August 2010

RESPITE services have been given a £120,000 cash injection.

RESPITE services have been given a £120,000 cash injection.

The charity City Bridge Trust awarded the money to Crossroads Care Bexley, based in Erith, which makes up part of the national network of organisations providing respite services for carers. It takes its name from the soap opera, which first highlighted to the general public the difficulties faced by a family where one of its members was disabled.

The grant will fund the costs of a part-time dementia development officer, associated running costs and some direct care hours for a support service for people with dementia and their carers.

There will be a focus on identifying a number of minority ethnic groups and individuals who are currently not receiving any support services.

Crossroads chief executive Darren Tobin said: "This is a very important and welcome grant for us. We hope it will also encourage other funders to come aboard so we can continue to do more to break down the stigma of dementia especially within minority ethnic groups and individuals.

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