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9 September 2022

Joanne Creighton, Glaucoma UK CEO, reflects on the legacy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

On Thursday 8 September 2022, we received news that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II had died, aged 96. Our Chief Executive, Joanne Creighton, reflects on The Queen’s legacy and life.

Buckingham Palace

I was greatly saddened to hear the news that Her Majesty The Queen had passed away. During her historic 70-year reign, she had been a constant figure in the lives of many of us, and an admirable example of leadership.

Glaucoma UK joined charities across the country in expressing our deep gratitude to Her Majesty for her tireless commitments to so many charitable causes.

The Queen was patron of hundreds of charities during her lifetime. Research from the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) reveals that Her Majesty was among the world’s greatest supporters of charities and helped raise over £1.4 billion for those she supported.

At the time of her Diamond Jubilee in 2012, The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust was established to help enrich the lives of citizens throughout the Commonwealth in honour of her years of service and dedication. It is notable that she chose the reduction of avoidable blindness as one of her principal objectives for the Trust’s programme.

As well as being a great supporter of charities herself, The Queen was also passionate about maintaining the nation’s charitable spirit. This was evident in this year’s Platinum Jubilee festivities, where charity volunteers were invited to join her official celebrations.

In her 2019 Christmas broadcast, The Queen said, “It’s worth remembering that it is often the smallest steps, not the giant leaps, that bring about the most lasting change.” This is something that will stay with me as we look to the future of the charity and continue to work towards our goal of ending preventable glaucoma sight loss.

I extend my heartfelt sympathies to the Royal Family and all those mourning Her Majesty’s loss. The Queen leaves a remarkable legacy for us all.