Goodenough College is celebrating after receiving a £2,500 gift from The Patron’s Fund, the charitable fund set up to acknowledge the work of the charitable organisations for which Her Majesty, The Queen acts as a Patron on the occasion of her 90th birthday. The Queen has been Goodenough College's Patron since 1953 and last visited the College in December 2016.
Queen Elizabeth II meets Goodenough Members who attended the Patron's Lunch during her visit in December 2016
The Patron’s 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.
The donation to Goodenough College will be used create a commemorative grove at The Burn, the College’s study centre situated in magnificent grounds in Scotland. The grove will contain 9 trees to mark the 9 decades of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s life. A royal purple beech tree will stand at its centre to represent Goodenough College’s Royal Patronage and seats will placed within the grove for visitors to pause for reflection and contemplation.
Andrew Ritchie, Director said:
“We would like to express our gratitude to The Patron’s Fund for their gift. The Queen's Grove will be a very special and significant enhancement to The Burn. We are sure it will provide comfort and inspiration to the Burn's many visitors and become a physical representation of our long-standing relationship with our Patron, Her Majesty The Queen.”
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 Goodenough College with its valuable work. The 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.’
The Burn was donated to the College by the owners, the Russells, after the tragic death of their only son, James, a Goodenough Alumnus, in WWII. Since then, The Burn has been available as a holiday and study centre for Scottish Universities and Goodenough College members. To learn more about The Burn, please click here