His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales has become a patron of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, coinciding with the charity’s celebration of its 50th anniversary.
The Cystic Fibrosis Trust is a charity in the UK, which works towards making a difference in the lives of people with cystic fibrosis, an inherited, life-shortening disease, and those who care for them. Before Prince Charles, the Queen’s cousin, Princess Alexandra, was a patron of the Trust for 47 years.
The Prince’s patronage was announced at a Gala dinner held on Thursday night. The event was held to celebrate the achievements of people affected by cystic fibrosis over the past 50 years, and to raise funds for the Trust.
The Prince of Wales personally wrote a special message for the Gala, which read: “Having for so long felt deeply about the suffering of cystic fibrosis patients, I am delighted to take on patronage of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust from Princess Alexandra in this, the Trust’s 50th year. By funding ground-breaking research, improving the quality of care and providing invaluable advice and support, the Trust carries out extraordinary work on behalf of the 10,000 people with cystic fibrosis in the United Kingdom.”
This is not the first time that the Prince has been involved in the working of the Trust. In 2000, he acted as Patron for an appeal started by them to help develop a cystic fibrosis unit at the Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, and in 2002, he opened the Amanda Unit, named after Amanda Roberts, who had died from the disease four years previously.
George Jenkins, the Chairman of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, thanked Princess Alexandra for her work with the charity, and said “We are delighted that HRH The Prince of Wales has agreed to become the Patron of the Trust in our 50th year, especially as he has a deep understanding of the inspirational courage and determination of those affected by the condition.”
Prince Charles will be the Royal Patron of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust for an initial term of five years, after which the position will be reviewed.