Seashell Trust is celebrating after receiving a £2,500 gift from The Patron’s Fund.
The charitable fund was set up for the Queen’s 90th birthday last year to acknowledge the work of organisations of which Her Majesty is Patron.
The trust cares for and educates children and young people from across the country with some of the most profound disabilities.
It has enjoyed royal patronage since 1897 and Her Majesty visited the Cheadle Hulme trust in 2004.
Mark Geraghty, CEO and principal of Seashell Trust, said: “As one of only two charities for children and young people in the North West to have The Queen as their Patron, this is a great honour and one which goes back to Queen Victoria’s reign.
“As an outstanding provider (Ofsted) we hope Her Majesty will feel that her Patronage is in good hands.” ”
Around £750,000 is being distributed between nearly 300 charities and other organisations in the UK and the Commonwealth.
The fund comes from the proceeds from The Patron’s Lunch, the event on the Mall last June which Seashell staff, students and families attended to wish the Queen a happy 90th birthday, and donations from a range of supporters; including individual donors, businesses and community groups.
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 Seashell Trust with its valuable work.
“The trust 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.”