Queen Camilla retains patronage of Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust

By Amanda Wilkins - 4 June 2024

  • Queen Camilla on a recent visit to Swindon

    Queen Camilla on a recent visit to Swindon

The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust has spoken of its pride after Queen Camilla chose to retain it as one of the charities to receive her patronage after hers and King Charles’ coronation.

The former Duchess of Cornwall has been involved with the charity since becoming one of its founding trustees in 1998. After the death of Queen Elizabeth II she and the King inherited hundreds of organisations that had received her patronage.

The Royal couple has spent months deciding which organisations they would become or remain patrons of. Bobby Van Trust Director Jennie Shaw received a letter from Buckingham Palace confirming Her Majesty would be delighted to continue and that the news was being released to mark the first anniversary of the coronation.

The Wiltshire Bobby Van, formed in 1998, works in partnership with Wiltshire Police. Its operators, both former police officers, visit homes across Wiltshire and Swindon to offer free practical home security measures, fire safety assessments and online safety guidance for people over 60, those at risk of domestic abuse or over 18 with a registered disability.

Jennie Shaw said: “We are delighted and very proud that Her Majesty has decided to continue as patron.

“It’s quite humbling when you look at the number of very large charities and organisations she has taken on, yet Wiltshire’s little old Bobby Van is one of them, it’s wonderful.

“She has always been a tremendous supporter of what we do, particularly our work with victims of domestic abuse, which is a cause very close to her heart.”

Queen Camilla most recently attended a fundraising concert at Salisbury Cathedral in February, her first public engagement since her husband’s cancer diagnosis. She has been a regular attendee at events and also chose to feature the charity when she guest edited Country Life.

Find out more about the work of the charity at wiltshirebobbyvan.org.uk





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