It been a difficult 12 months for everyone, so it’s only natural to want to reflect on happier times. My most humbling and happiest experience being part of Yorkshire Children’s Trust is when I was honoured to receive an invitation to meet HM The Queen at Windsor Castle.

Celebrating the centenary of the NCVO, representatives of some of the small member charities were welcomed to Windsor Castle to be presented to HM The Queen which was then followed by Champagne and canapés. The reception celebrated the achievements of voluntary action over the last century, and highlight the contribution of volunteering to millions of lives in the United Kingdom and throughout the world.

An important part of The Queen’s work is to support and encourage voluntary service. One of the ways in which Her Majesty does this is through involvement with over 600 patronages, which cover every area of the charity and voluntary sector.

The Queen showed a genuine interest on the founding of Yorkshire Children’s Trust and spend several minutes discussing the charity and was particularly interested in how the charity was founded because my own daughter has cancer and we wanted to turn a negative experience in our lives into something that has a positive impact on many local children’s lives.

Yorkshire Children’s Trust has strong green credentials and covers its core costs with recycling initiatives. Despite working with some of the most vulnerable and poorly children in the Yorkshire region, the charity receives no central government or lottery funding and relies heavily on the support of local businesses and local people to offer their essential support services.

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