A £2,500 gift from HM The Queen to Diabetes UK will help pay for ground-breaking research that could have an enormous impact on the lives of people with Type 2 diabetes.
The gift, which has been welcomed by our chief executive Chris Askew, marks HM The Queen’s 90th birthday in 2016.
It comes from The Patron’s Fund, set up to acknowledge the work of the charities which have The Queen as their Patron.
Overall, about £750,000 has been distributed by the Fund to nearly 300 charities and other organisations in the UK and the Commonwealth.
The Fund received generous donations from supporters including individual donors, businesses, schools, community groups, as well as money raised by The Patron’s Lunch on Pall Mall on 12 June 2016.
Thanking the Queen, our Chief Executive, Chris Askew, says:
“We are very grateful for the gift. The money will go towards a two-year study in Newcastle and Glasgow, exploring if a low-calorie diet can put Type 2 diabetes into remission.”
The Patron’s Fund’s Chair of The Board of Trustees, Sir Stuart Etherington, says:
“The Fund is very pleased to be able to support Diabetes UK and its valuable work.
“Diabetes UK is among hundreds of organisations for which The Queen acts as a Patron, which between them make a difference to causes and communities in the UK and throughout the Commonwealth.”