Next month, people up and down the country will be celebrating the Diamond Jubilee. If you’d like to mark 60 years of the Queen’s reign, how about a donation to one of the charities Her Majesty’s supports? The Queen is patron to over 600 charities, and her fellow royals support almost 3,000 more. You can see a full list on The British Monarchy’s official website.
Charities all over the country have the royal seal of approval, with causes including education, health, animal welfare and environment. We took a look through and found a great charity based in each area of the UK for you to support – find your local one below.
Do you know of a different charity in your area that’s supported by the royals? We’d love to hear about it. Let us know by leaving a comment.
Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland – The Queen is a patron and The Duke of Kent is the charity’s president.
Through medical research, advice and support in the community, Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland aims to improve the quality of life of people who have been affected by chest, heart and stroke illness in Scotland.
North West England
The Royal School for the Blind, Liverpool - The Queen is a patron.
The Royal School for the Blind, Liverpool is a non-maintained special school and a totally independent charity. It caters for pupils that are aged between two and 19 years with a visual impairment and additional disabilities, including multi-sensory impairment.
North East England
Children North East – The Duke of York is a patron.
Founded in 1891, Children North East support over 5000 children, young people and families every year. The charity helps them overcome problems associated with poverty and deprivation, enabling them to reach their full potential.
Yorkshire and The Humber
The Prince of Wales Hospice, Pontrefact – The Prince of Wales is the charity’s president.
The Prince of Wales Hospice supports people with life-limiting illnesses and their families. The charity is an integral part of the Five Towns’ community, offering round-the-clock support 365 days of the year.
West Midlands –
Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity is the official charity of the Queen Elizabeth & Selly Oak hospitals in Birmingham. It includes the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine where military patients are treated from around the world.
East Midlands –
I CAN – The Queen is a patron.
I CAN supports children with speech, language and communication difficulties. Its mission is to ensure that no child who struggles to communicate is left out or left behind.
East of England
East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices – The Duchess of Cambridge is a patron.
East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice support children with life-threatening conditions and their families. Services can be provided in the family home, the community or the hospice.
Battersea Dogs & Cats Home – The Queen is a patron.
Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s vision is of a world where all dogs and cats are in caring and permanent homes. They reunite lost dogs and cats with their owners and, when this can’t be done, they care for them until new homes can be found.
South West England
Cornwall Community Foundation – The Duchess of Cornwall is a patron.
Cornwall Community Foundation is committed to supporting local projects in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, engaging local people in making their communities better places to live.
South East England
QEF works with people living with physical and learning disabilities or acquired brain injuries to gain new skills and increase independence. Whether it’s learning everyday life skills or training for future employment, QEF supports disabled people to achieve their goals.
St Davids Cathedral – The Queen is a patron.
St Davids Cathedral is a place of worship, a centre for pilgrimage and one of the most visited heritage sites in Wales. With over 300,000 visitors a year, the running costs of this working cathedral are over £2,500 a day.
Co-operation Ireland – The Queen is a patron.
Co-operation Ireland is a peace-building charity that works to advance mutual understanding and respect between the people of Northern Ireland and of the Republic of Ireland. It gives people the opportunity to meet and share experiences and opinions with those of a different religion or tradition.