Media Release: Royal day at the races

HRH The Princess Royal will be the guest of honour at a fundraising day at the races this Monday (4 April 2011) aimed at increasing the support available for the UK’s carers.

Kelso Race Course’s annual Buccleuch Cup race day has been the setting for the past few years for a charity lunch and auction to raise funds for carer support.

This year’s event will raise money for The Princess Royal Trust for Carers (The Trust), one of the UK’s biggest providers of comprehensive support services for carers, as well as for The Princess Royal Trust Borders Carers Centre, based in Galashiels.

Organised by Joe Scott Plummer, a Kelso resident and long-standing champion of the work of Borders Carers’ Centre, the day will include a handicap steeple chase, generously sponsored, on behalf of The Trust.

The Princess Royal, who is president of The Princess Royal Trust for Carers, will arrive at Kelso Race Course where she will be met by John Paterson, vice-president of The Princess Royal Trust for Carers. She will then join the 200 guests who are expected for lunch.

Mr Scott Plummer said: “It is a great honour that The Princess Royal will be joining us this year for what is an eagerly anticipated event on the social calendar.

“But, while this is without doubt a wonderful day out, at the same time it raises money for a very worthy cause. One in eight people in Scotland have a caring role and without their contribution, society would collapse.”

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Media Invitation:

Press photographers are welcome to take photographs of HRH The Princess Royal upon her arrival outside Kelso Race Course and of the presentation to the winners.

All press who would like to attend will need to apply for a pass by contacting Emma Baird on the above number or by email by Monday 28 March. Photographs of the event will be available for media use after – contact Emma Baird as detailed previously with any requirements.

Notes to editors:

1) The Princess Royal Trust for Carers is one of the largest providers of comprehensive carers support services in the UK. Through its unique network of 144 independently managed Carers’ Centres, 89 young carers’ services and interactive websites, and, The Trust currently provides quality information, advice and support services to more than 424,000 carers, including approximately 28,500 young carers.

2) In Scotland, The Princess Royal Trust for Carers currently helps more than 49,000 adult and more than 4,000 young carers in Scotland to cope with their caring role through a network of 29 Carers’ Centres and 24 young carers’ services.

3) A carer is someone who, without payment, provides help and support to a partner, child, relative, friend or neighbour, who could not manage without their help because of age, physical or mental illness, addiction or disability. Carers are more than twice as likely to suffer ill health than non carers and 72 per cent of carers are financially worse off because of their caring role.

4) The Princess Royal Trust Borders Carers Centre is based in Galashiels (Brewerybrig, Low Buckholmside, Galashiels TD1 1RT; 01896 752431). The centre provides help and support to unpaid carers of people with all types of illness and disability throughout the Scottish Borders. Carers can self refer and the services are free and confidential.

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