Prince William and Kate Middleton donate £1.8million to aid mental health of frontline workers


WILLIAM and Kate are giving £1.8million to help the mental health of frontline workers.

And the pair hosted emergency responders and mental health counsellors whose organisations are being helped at the Queen’s Sandringham estate.

The duchess said: “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 and their families, 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.

“It will give you the networks you need through its Covid-19 Response Fund, which will help ten leading charities continue their crucial work.”

The Royal Foundation is funding grief trauma and counselling and support for more than 250,000 emergency responders.

The grants are being handed to ten mental health charities.

It will mean more than 250,000 people working or volunteering in the emergency services can get training and help.

Alison Baum, chief executive of organisation 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.”

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