More than 80 unpaid carers of children with disabilities and other complex health needs will be able to take regular short breaks, thanks to a grant from Surrey freemasons.

The £75,000 grant will fund the Funtastic Club, which provides a safe, fun environment for children with challenging conditions, including interactive floor spaces and a sensory room. The children will be able to attend the Saturday club regularly, giving their carers a five-hour break each time.

These short breaks are crucial for the mental and physical health of carers, giving them time for themselves and other family members, who often do not receive sufficient attention because of the overwhelming needs of the child with complex health concerns.

There are115,000 identified unpaid carers in Surrey, many of whom support a family member or friend 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The grant from Surrey freemasons comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which is funded by freemasons, their families and friends, from across England and Wales.

Christine Cleveland, CEO of Crossroads Care said: “We’re very grateful to Surrey freemasons for their generous grant. Caring for a child with complex health needs can take a heavy toll on the carer and on other children in the family. Giving them a break can be crucial.”

Ian Chandler, Head of Surrey freemasons said: “I’m very pleased we were able to help Crossroads Care, who do an outstanding job giving devoted carers of very ill children and young people a chance to look after themselves and other family members and this continues and builds on our commitment to our communities.”