Kate and William unveil £1.8m fund to support incredible workers on coronavirus frontline

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met two emergency responders and two mental health counsellors from some of the 10 organisations the Royal Foundation COVID-19 Response Fund is supporting this week at the Sandringham Estate. Kate, 38, said she and William, 38, were “in awe” of frontline workers and warned about the mental health impact.

She said: “Over recent months we have all been in awe of the incredible work that frontline staff and emergency responders have been doing in response to COVID-19.

“But we know that for many of them, their families, and for thousands of others across the UK, the pandemic will have a lasting impact on their mental health.”

William added: “It’s great to hear how the Royal Foundation is supporting you and many others to build resilience and give you the networks you need through its COVID-19 Response Fund, which will help 10 leading charities continue their crucial work.”

The fund is helping a range of projects including ensuring all emergency workers have access to individual grief trauma from Hospice UK.

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Kate and William’s foundation has awarded almost £1.8 million to support frontline workers (Image: PA)

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met two emergency responders and two mental health counsellors from some of the 10 organisations the Royal Foundation COVID-19 Response Fund is supporting this week at the Sandringham Estate (Image: PA)

It will also help early years charity Best Beginnings support an extra 20,000 new mothers.

Alison Baum, chief executive of Best Beginnings, said: “The pandemic has led to greatly increased levels of anxiety and isolation for parents across the UK and in collaboration with many charities and frontline professionals, we are here to help.

“This vital funding will enable us to deliver an engaging digital outreach programme as well as maternal mental health training with Home-Start volunteers and midwives.

“Together we’ll ensure that 20,000 more parents will benefit from the personalised, supportive and empowering daily information – 300 films in (our app) Baby Buddy designed to give them the knowledge and confidence to look after themselves and give their children the best start in life.”

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Kate said she and William were “in awe” of frontline workers and warned about the mental health impact (Image: PA)

The fund will ensure Blue Light, a project from mental health charity Mind, is able to support more than 250,000 working or volunteering in the ambulance, fire, police, and search and rescue services, giving them access to peer-to-peer support, training and mental health resources.

Paul Farmer, Mind’s chief executive officer, said: “We are delighted to be receiving this funding from The Royal Foundation.

“The grant will go a long way in enabling us to continue to provide support to those working in the emergency services, through our Blue Light Programme.

“It is so important, perhaps now more than ever, that the right information, advice, peer support services and training is easily accessible for our hardworking key workers, especially those of us who might be experiencing poor mental health.”

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The fund is helping a range of projects including ensuring all emergency workers have access to individual grief trauma from Hospice UK (Image: PA)

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It will also help early years charity Best Beginnings support an extra 20,000 new mothers (Image: PA)

The fund will also ensure the Ambulance Staff Charity will be able to provide an additional 2,780 hours of support for crews.

And teachers, pupils and their parents will be helped to cope with issues like anxiety as schools reopen thanks to training and resources from Place2Be and The Anna Freud Centre.

Mother-of-three Kate stunned in a white and blue dress for the meeting this week.

The Cambridges have been spending the lockdown at their Anmer Hall residence in Norfolk.

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The Cambridges previously promised to make supporting the mental health of frontline workers battling coronavirus their “top priority” (Image: PA)

The couple have regularly taken part in video calls.

William and Kate – who are parents to Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, five, and two-year-old Prince Louis – have also been busy homeschooling their children.

And they have started stepping out for face-to-face engagements as restrictions have eased.

The Cambridges previously promised to make supporting the mental health of frontline workers battling coronavirus their “top priority”.



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