Prince William and Kate have just announced one of their biggest charitable acts. Their Royal Foundation has granted almost 1.8 million pounds ($2.3 million) to support the mental health of front line workers and others affected by COVID-19.
Earlier this week, the couple met two emergency responders and two mental health counsellors at the Queen’s Sandringham estate.
Duchess Kate them: “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.”
Prince William continued: “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 ten leading charities continue their crucial work.”
For the occasion, Duchess Kate wore a white shirt dress, with a light blue polkadot pattern, combined with gold hoop earrings.
The Royal Foundation Covid-19 Response Fund is helping a range of projects, ensuring all emergency workers have access to individual grief trauma from Hospice UK.
Another grant aims to help support the mental health of 20,000 new mothers, thanks to a community mental health training project to reach pregnant women and new parents.
It will also support teachers, children and parents in coping with mental health issues such as schools re-open in September. It will provide them with training and resources from Place2Be and The Anna Freud Centre.
Blue Light, a project from mental health charity Mind, will support more than 250,000 working or volunteering in the ambulance, fire, police, and search and rescue services. It will give them them access to peer-to-peer support, training and mental health resources.
Paul Farmer, CEO of Mind, said: “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.”
The fund will also ensure Shout 85258, CALM and The Mix are able to have 250 more text message conversations with people who are struggling to cope every day.