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Lottery hands 325,000 to carers

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Crossroads said it was estimated there were 100,000 carers in Surrey

A Surrey charity which provides support for carers will be able to help more people after being awarded a lottery grant of more than 325,000.

Guildford and Waverley branch of Crossroads Care has been given a 328,771 Reaching Communities grant from the Big Lottery Fund.

It will be used to provide respite care for full-time unpaid carers of disabled children or chronically ill adults.

The grant, announced on Tuesday, will be used over the next three years.

It will provide regular respite care in the home by qualified workers to allow carers to take short breaks.

"This money will help us to give much needed support to more carers, many of whom struggle to do normal, every day things - like to going to their children's school plays," said Andrea Watson, manager of Guildford and Waverley Crossroads Care.

She said there were an estimated 100,000 carers in Surrey, of whom Crossroads was currently only able to support 1,500 - 400 of them in Guildford and Waverley.

"I am so delighted and excited that we have been successful."

Carers will be able to take weekly or monthly breaks depending on their individual needs.

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