Lord Blackwell visits foundation funded charity

Lord Blackwell, Chair of Lloyds Banking Group today visited Gloucestershire Young Carers, a local charity funded by Lloyds Bank Foundation.

In 2014, Lloyds Bank Foundation awarded Gloucestershire Young Carers a grant of £72,900 over 36 months to support young carers aged 17 – 24 make a successful transition into adulthood. Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales is one of the UK’s leading community grant makers. As an independent registered charity it is funded by the profits of Lloyds Banking Group as part of the Group’s commitment to Helping Britain Prosper.

Lord Blackwell, Lloyds Banking Group Chairman said:

“It is a privilege to visit Gloucestershire Young Carers today and meet many inspirational people. As part of Helping Britain Prosper Plan we have committed to supporting the communities in which we serve and it is a matter of great personal pride that the Lloyds Bank Foundation is able to support this worthy cause that ensures that young carers are supported to reach their full potential.”

Baroness Rennie Fritchie, Chair of Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales, said:

“Gloucestershire Young Carers is a fantastic small charity that makes an important and positive difference to young people with caring responsibilities and we’re pleased to be able to fund their work. We currently fund over 90 local charities like Gloucestershire Young Carers in the region with grants totalling over £4m. These charities are at the forefront of tackling disadvantage locally and we work closely with them to support their development so they can continue making a difference to local people for many years to come. We’re delighted that Lord Blackwell has taken the time to visit a charity we fund and has the opportunity to meet both the passionate and dedicated staff and the young people they support.” ENDS

Ele Semadeni, Operations Manager at Gloucestershire Young Carers, said:

 “It makes such a difference to meet our funders and introduce them to some of the young people we work with. Organisations such as Lloyds are crucial to the continuation of our work, work that we know has such a positive impact on the lives of young carers and young adult carers in our county.

“Thanks to funding from the Lloyds Bank Foundation, together with funding from Carers Trust, we have been able to engage directly with around 80 young adult carers in Gloucestershire and provide outreach information and support to many more.”