Her Majesty the Queen has been patron of Leonard Cheshire Disability since 1980.
Since then, Her Majesty has played an influential role in the work that we do. In 1982, the Queen offered Park House on the Sandringham Estate to Leonard Cheshire Disability to be used by disabled people. It's now Park House Hotel, a hotel offering accessible breaks for disabled people and their carers and companions. In 2014, she and the Duke of Edinburgh hosted a reception at St James's Palace celebrating our work in the UK and around the world.
When our founder passed away in 1992, the Queen used her Christmas message to pay tribute to his work:
‘Perhaps this shining example of what a human being can achieve in a lifetime of dedication can inspire in the rest of us a belief in our own capacity to help others.’
We have a strong relationship with the Queen and she has officially opened a number of our services. This interactive timeline highlights the key milestones in our relationship with our patron.