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Charities pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II

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Tributes have been pouring in from charities for Queen Elizabeth II who passed away on Thursday 8 September at the age of 96.

The Queen was the patron of over 600 good causes, including Cancer Research UK, Girlguiding and the RSPCA.

In 2016 HRH stepped down as patron for a number of charities in her later life to reduce public roles.

She was the patron of the RNIB for over 70 years.

Matt Stringer, chief executive of the charity said: Her Majesty became RNIB’s patron upon her accession to the throne in 1952, and during this time made a tremendous contribution to our work.

“Her Majesty was a passionate advocate for the rights of blind and partially sighted people and generously hosted many receptions on behalf of our organisation.    

“We are immensely grateful for Her Majesty’s long-standing support which has made such a difference to the lives of people with sight loss across the UK.  

“We extend our deepest sympathies to the royal family and everyone who has been affected by this sad news.”

A statement from the British Red Cross, where the Queen was also a patron, said: “From countless financial donations for those hit by disasters at home and overseas, to meeting the victims of crisis here in the UK, the Queen has been a source of unwavering support and comfort to people during some of the toughest times in their lives.”

Mark Dowie, chief executive of the RNLI, said: "Her Majesty has dedicated 70 years as patron of the RNLI, engaging with and recognising the efforts of thousands of our people.

"We place on record our sincere thanks for Her Majesty’s unwavering commitment to saving lives at sea. Our thoughts are with the royal family and Her Majesty’s loyal subjects across the United Kingdom and Commonwealth."

David Holmes, chief executive of Family Action, who also had the Queen as a patron, said:Throughout her lifetime, her majesty has championed community and civic issues and her patronages shone a light on the vital work carried out by charities.

“Family Action was one of the beneficiaries of this focus, and it has helped us to raise awareness of the work we do providing practical, emotional and financial support for vulnerable families.”

Priya Singh, chair of trustees at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, said: “We celebrate Her Majesty’s service to UK civil society and are incredibly thankful for the support she offered to charities and volunteering throughout her lifetime. 

“Our thoughts are with all charities for whom the Queen served as royal patron, and with the countless organisations, communities, and individuals whose lives she touched.

“The Queen was a truly global figure whose leadership will be sorely missed. She was an inspiration to many throughout her record-breaking reign.”

Queen Elizabeth II was born on 21 April 1952 and died on 8 September 2022.