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Her Majesty The Queen hosts reception to thank supporters of the Trust
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Her Majesty The Queen hosts reception to thank supporters of the Trust

Yesterday evening, Her Majesty The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh kindly hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace to mark the progress of the Trust since its establishment in February last year, and to thank the vast range of supporters who have contributed to the collective Commonwealth initiative towards the elimination of avoidable blindness and to recognise, celebrate and support disadvantaged young leaders across the Commonwealth.

The event was attended by a wide range of supporters – from High Commissioners representing international governments, to leaders of community groups who raised money for the Trust during the Diamond Jubilee Weekend last year – who were all thanked personally by The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh for making the Trust’s crucial work across the Commonwealth possible.

The Trust’s Chairman, Sir John Major, presented The Queen with a Roll of Tributes, documenting a list of all individuals, associations and organisations across the Commonwealth and around the world who have donated to the Trust since its inception. The Roll of Tributes, currently inscribed with 751 names, will continue to be updated as further contributions are made and will eventually be archived at Windsor Castle for perpetuity.

Dr Astrid Bonfield, the Trust’s Chief Executive, said,

I know I speak on behalf of all staff and Trustees of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust when I say we are incredibly grateful to Her Majesty The Queen for hosting this wonderful event and to be given the opportunity to bring together those who have supported the Trust since it was established last year. We have worked incredibly hard with dedicated experts to develop a programme of work on avoidable blindness and youth leadership of which we are very proud and are looking forward to delivering in the New Year. The Trust remains resolute in its mission to deliver life changing work to support disadvantaged people across all corners of the Commonwealth and ultimately, to create a lasting legacy to The Queen.