THAMES DIAMOND JUBILEE ANNOUNCES CHARITY PARTNERS FOR PAGEANT
The Thames Diamond Jubilee Foundation has today announced charities and worthwhile causes who will form a key part in the celebrations of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant on 3 June.
Four of the bridges along the Thames Pageant route will be given over to charities, and several boats taking part will be representing charities or good causes. The charities have strong links to members of the Royal Family or aims which are compatible with the objectives of both the Thames Diamond Jubilee Foundation and The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, the official charity partner of the pageant.
Lord Salisbury, Chairman of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Foundation said: “The Pageant organisers were anxious to make the Pageant an unforgettable day, but we also wanted to support the longer-term legacy embodied by The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust. Our own Foundation’s charitable objectives are compatible with those of the Trust and we are pleased that our efforts on Sunday, 3rd June will enable us to make a contribution to the lives of young people in the Commonwealth.”
The Trust raises funds to deliver projects across the Commonwealth that enrich the lives and opportunities of all citizens, providing a lasting legacy for Her Majesty The Queen.
The Rt Hon Sir John Major KG CH, Chairman of The Trust said: “The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust is delighted to be the official charitable partner of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant. The Trust’s purpose is to honour and commemorate The Queen’s unrivalled contribution to the Commonwealth and intends to fund projects that will enrich the lives and opportunities of all Commonwealth citizens. It is our hope that individuals, organisations and countries will all wish to contribute to the Trust, as a tangible and enduring way of honouring HM The Queen, and to demonstrate the enormous respect and affection in which she is held, not only within the Commonwealth family, but also the wider world.”
Three charities, The Royal British Legion, Plan UK and Fields in Trust will all have prime viewing locations on some of London’s bridges, which for security reasons, will be closed to the public for the duration of the Pageant. There is a further initiative, Campaign for Wool, which will also be on a bridge.
Fields in Trust, also a Charity Partner of the Foundation, have worked since 1925 to safeguard outdoor recreational spaces, from sports pitches to children’s playgrounds, bicycle trails to country parks. Its programme for 2012, The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge, led by the trust’s patron, the Duke of Cambridge, aims to safeguard a number of recreational spaces as a legacy of the great events of 2012. Fields in Trust will host 450 guests proudly waving flags and wearing Field in Trust t-shirts on Lambeth Bridge East.
Alison Moore-Gwyn, Chief Executive of Fields in Trust said: “Fields in Trust is delighted to be a charity partner of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant honouring Her Majesty The Queen, whom we are proud to have had as our Patron since 1952. While we are enjoying the fantastic spectacle of this historic event on the Thames, we are thrilled that towns and villages across the UK will enjoy their own Diamond Jubilee legacy for generations to come, through the protection of their local Queen Elizabeth II Field.”
The Royal British Legion, who is also official Partner of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Foundation, will be hosting guests on London Bridge, including serving members of the Armed Forces and their families and The Military Wives Choir who raised vital funds for the Legion from their Number One single ‘Wherever you are’ last Christmas. The Choir won’t be formally performing, but may initiate a casual “sing a long”.
Russell Thompson OBE, Director of National Events and Fundraising at The Royal British Legion said: “The Legion is delighted to be the official partner of this prestigious and once in a lifetime event to celebrate the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant, in honour of Her Majesty The Queen, the Legion’s Patron. It’s a stellar year for the nation as we celebrate Her Majesty’s 60 years of service, and we’ll be proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with members of our brave Armed Forces on London Bridge, as the Flotilla makes its way down the Thames.”
The Legion will also host a party for guests on board a Dunkirk little ship, The Viscount, which will take part in the flotilla while raising much-needed funds for the charity. Celebrity guests on board the Dunkirk Little Ships will include television personality Carol Vorderman MBE and 2009 X-Factor winner Joe McElderry, who will be performing for guests. Joe said: “I’m thrilled to be part of the Legion’s salute to the Queen and to support the Armed Forces.”
Plan UK, a Charity Partner of the Foundation, is a global children’s charity working with children in the world’s poorest countries to help them build a better future. Among their guests on Waterloo Bridge will be hundreds of face painted schoolgirls.
Marie Staunton, Chief Executive of Plan UK said: “We’re honoured to be involved in such a momentous occasion – and it’s especially poignant that we’ll be joined on Waterloo Bridge by hundreds of schoolgirls from around the UK.
“We’ve been working with the Commonwealth to try and raise awareness about the millions of girls in the world’s poorest countries who don’t go to school and the Diamond Jubilee will help bring their plight to a global audience.”
The Campaign for Wool was initiated in 2008 by the Pageant’s Patron, HRH the Prince of Wales, to promote and champion wool and help invigorate the global wool industry. Their guests will be watching the flotilla pass from Blackfriars Bridge West.
Many of the boats taking part in the Pageant will be representing charities or good causes. Some of those boats and charities include:
The International Breast Cancer Paddlers’ Commission and Paddlers for Life, are organisations which use dragon boat paddling to raise awareness of breast cancer and to demonstrate that survivors can lead normal lives. Over one hundred teams paddle in twelve countries: Canada, the United States, New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa, Italy, France, Ireland and the United Kingdom. Three are several boats of breast cancer survivors taking part in the pageant, Paddlers for Life, Artemis Diana, Internationally Abreast and the Worcester Busters.
The Lyneal Trust: a registered charity that provides holidays and canal boat trips for people with disabilities has two boats in the Pageant. Their vessels Shropshire Lad and Shropshire Lass will be staffed, amongst others, by military personnel, some injured in Afghanistan. Money raised will be donated to the Lyneal Trust, Help For Heroes, the Army Benevolent Fund and The Royal British Legion.
Row for Freedom: in December 2011, they became the first female crew of five to row the Atlantic in support of two charities who are fighting human trafficking: the A21 Campaign and ECPAT UK. Their vessel the Guardian will be in the rowed section of the Pageant.
Rutland Sailability: is a registered charity that provides training, support and equipment to enable people with disabilities to enjoy the challenge of sailing in a safe, welcoming and friendly atmosphere. Rutland Sailability was awarded the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service in 2010. Their vessel the Wally Goldsmith will be in the Recreational Motor Boats section of the Pageant.
Further information for journalists, contact:
Michelle Lavipour, Executive, Pagefield, 020 3327 4058 / 07940 735 313
Stephanie Shepherd, Executive, Pagefield, 020 3327 4065 / 07854 366 438
Kate Levine, Partner, Pagefield 020 3327 4055 / 07740473641
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Notes to Editors:
1. The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant is being organised by the Thames Diamond Jubilee Foundation. The Chairman is Lord Salisbury, who – as Viscount Cranborne – organised the D-Day, VE Day and VJ Day 50th anniversary events. The CEO is Michael Lockett, who has worked on the Hong Kong Handover Ceremony, the Millennium project and London’s bid for the 2012 Olympics. He was awarded the CVO for his work on the Golden Jubilee concerts at Buckingham Palace. The Pageant Master is Adrian Evans, director of the annual Mayor's Thames Festival.
2. More information on the charities
The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust:
The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust will be run and administered to ensure that every donation is used to the maximum benefit of commonwealth citizens and delivers results that make a real difference to people’s lives. It will not establish a major new institution. It will work with established partner charities and organisations across the Commonwealth, both in the UK and elsewhere, to deliver iconic projects that are a fitting tribute to The Queen. The Trust will support programmes under six themes for six decades these range from promoting urban food gardens in inner cities, through using sports to encourage young people to teams not gangs, to providing older people with dignified support in later life. Full details of all 6 themes can be found on the Trust website. The Trustees are: The Rt Hon Sir John Major (Chairman), The Commonwealth Secretary General, The Rt Hon Lord Robertson, Professor Sir Mervyn King, The Rt Rev and Rt Hon Richard Chartres, Bishop of London, The Rt Hon Sir Christopher Geidt and Alan Parker. Projects will be chosen by the Trustees, who will consult widely before reaching decisions. http://www.jubileetribute.org/
Royal British Legion
Royal British Legion is the nation's leading Armed Forces charity providing care and support to all members of the British Armed Forces past and present and their families. It is also the national Custodian of Remembrance and safeguards the Military Covenant between the nation and its Armed Forces. It is best known for the annual Poppy Appeal and its emblem, the red poppy. For more information on RBL see website: www.weblink.co.uk
For 75 years Plan UK have been taking action and standing up for every child’s right to fulfil their potential by giving children a healthy start in life, securing the education of girls and boys, and inspiring them to make the right decisions that affect their lives and future. www.weblink.co.uk
Fields in Trust
FIT permanently safeguards outdoor recreational spaces; at present it protects 1,281 spaces across the UK. http://www.fieldsintrust.org/
Campaign for Wool
Campaign for Wool is an initiative set up in 2008 by HRH The Prince of Wales, who observed that without a thriving wool industry, and with further declines in the sheep population, the physical appearance of our landscape is threatened with severe implications for the environment. http://www.campaignforwool.org/