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The Diana Fund awards legacy grants

29 November 2012
  • Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fund– The Work Continues

The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund will hold it's closing reception in London tonight. As part of its planned closure, the fund has awarded £3.14 million in legacy grants to organisations whose work is continuing to improve the lives of disadvantaged people in the UK and around the world.

The Fund will cease to operate in December 2012 after 15 years of grantmaking. In that time the Fund has given over £100 million to charitable causes and supported more than 400 organisations in every continent across the globe. 

Palliative care was one of the four initiatives supported by the Fund, working to ensure that palliative care is available to all those with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-limiting illnesses who need it. The Fund identified and supported selected partners in seven countries - Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe as well as collaborating with others in the UK and the United States. 

As part of the Fund's carefully planned closure, a further £3.14 million in legacy grants is being awarded to 44 of the Fund's long-term partners, whose work will continue to further the strategic objectives pursued by the Fund since 2007.  

The Fund's Chief Executive, Dr Astrid Bonfield said: "We are absolutely delighted to be providing legacy grants to support the core missions of some of the organisations that the Fund has had the privilege to work with during the past five years. Our aim is that these grants will help enable recipient organisations to keep building on the many successes they've achieved to date and help them to continue to create positive, long-term social change that helps generations to come." 

The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry (the Royal Foundation) will become the legal owner of the Fund after it operationally closes at the end of 2012. As an unincorporated trust, the Fund, as a matter of law, cannot altogether cease to exist when it closes its doors. 

This means that the Fund will automatically continue to receive any future donations. As part of the preparations for closure, the Directors of the Fund's Trustee Company will ensure that any money donated to the Fund after its operations have ceased will not be lost to charity and instead will continue to make a positive difference to people's lives. In March 2013 The Royal Foundation will take over the legal ownership of the closed Fund in order to safeguard both the Fund's name and any further income donated to the Fund.  

Sir Roger Singleton, chair of the Fund said, "We can think of no better organisation than the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry to continue the spirit of the humanitarian legacy of Diana, Princess of Wales; a legacy that we have proudly based our work on for the past 15 years." 

Further details are available on the Fund's website.

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