A £2,500 gift from The Patron's Fund will help Fields in Trust continue its work protecting parks and playing fields in perpetuity. The Patron's Fund was set up on the occasion of Her Majesty’s 90th birthday to acknowledge the work of charitable organisations for which she acts as Patron.
Around £750,000 is available to distribute between nearly 300 charities and other organisations in the UK and the Commonwealth. The Fund received generous donations from a range of supporters; including individual donors, businesses, schools, community groups and the proceeds from The Patron's Lunch, the event on the Mall last June.
Fields in Trust is a national charity that operates throughout the UK to safeguard recreational spaces and campaign for better statutory protection for all kinds of outdoor sites.
Founded in 1925 as the National Playing Fields Association by King George V, our mission is the same now and as it was then: to ensure that everyone - young or old, able-bodied or disabled and wherever they live - should have access to free, local outdoor space for sport, play and recreation. These spaces are vital to building happy and healthy communities and sadly continue to be threatened by all kinds of development.
Helen Griffiths, Chief Executive of Fields in Trust, said: "We're delighted to continue to enjoy the support of Her Majesty, The Queen after more than 60 years as our Patron. The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge protected almost 1,400 parks and green spaces in perpetuity to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee and leave a grassroots legacy from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Parks are the most universal of our public services and this donation will help ensure more of our vital local green spaces can be safeguarded forever."
Sir Stuart Etherington, Chair of The Board of Trustees for The Patron's Fund, said: "The Patron's Fund is very pleased to be able to support Fields in Trust with its valuable work. Fields in Trust 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."
Fields in Trust was one of a number of Patron's organisations featured as part of The Patron's Lunch. Watch the video featuring the winners of the 2015 UK's Best Park competition Telford Town Park.
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