The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust raises funds to transform people’s lives across the Commonwealth, as a lasting tribute to the Queen. Sightsavers was formerly known as The Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind, and the Queen has been our patron since 1952.
The Trust has joined the global movement to end avoidable blindness by 2020 (Vision 2020), focusing on combating three blinding diseases that affect people across the Commonwealth: blinding trachoma, diabetic retinopathy and retinopathy of prematurity.
Sightsavers is working with the Trust to ensure that investment to tackle avoidable blindness will mean millions of people across the poorest Commonwealth countries will not only keep their sight or have it restored, but enjoy increased prosperity and a better quality of life.
Sir John Major, chairman of the Trust’s board of trustees, said: “The purpose of the Trust is to support charitable projects that will enrich the lives and opportunities of all the citizens of the Commonwealth – across generations and geographical boundaries – in order to provide a lasting legacy to the Queen.”