HM Queen Elizabeth II

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
1926 - 2022

It is with deepest sorrow that we learn of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, our Royal Patron for over 75 years

We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of our monarch, and royal patron of Step One, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Our heartfelt sympathies are with the Royal Family, and we unite with the nation in mourning her loss.

We have been enormously privileged to have enjoyed her patronage for 75 years, and we’re immensely grateful for her continued commitment to our work in supporting people with mental health issues and hidden disabilities to live more independent lives and to strive to achieve their goals.

Our association with Her Majesty The Queen began when she first visited St Loye’s Foundation (as Step One was formerly known) in 1946, as Princess Royal. 

Shortly after that first visit she became our patron and her support for Step One and the work we do was unwavering in the very many years of her patronage.

Over the years, The Queen made several visits to us to open facilities and meet our staff. Her last visit to Step One was in her Diamond Jubilee year in 2010, when The Queen visited our Exeter offices with His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.

The Queen's visit in 1946
“We are greatly saddened at the death of Step One’s Royal patron, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Having the patronage of The Queen was a great honour and huge support for us. Her patronage always gave us a mark of quality and credibility, and we will maintain those high standards in future as a mark of respect.”

Andy Stark,
Interim CEO,
Step One Charity

“Both current and former Trustees and staff at Step One Charity are extremely sad to hear that Her Majesty The Queen has died. We have however been extremely privileged to enjoy her patronage for over 75 years and we remember with fondness her visits to us and her commitment to the work we do to enable people with disabilities to fulfil their potential. She will be much missed by us all.”

Susan Sutherland OBE,
Chairman of the Board of Trustees,
Step One Charity

It is difficult to express the loss that we feel at this time.

We would invite you to leave a gift through the button below in celebration of the life of Her Majesty The Queen and her long relationship with Step One Charity.

Your donation will aid us to continue the vital work we do in supporting people with mental health issues and hidden disabilities to fulfil their potential, of which The Queen was always such a great supporter.

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