Mark Guymer CEO, reflects on the legacy of “One of the world’s greatest supporters of charities”

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Queen Elizabeth II leaves after attending the opening ceremony of the sixth session of the Senedd in Cardiff. Credit: Jacob King/PA Wire/PA Images

The passing of Queen Elizabeth II, has created a ripple of reflection across the nation.

Since the announcement of Her Majesty’s death, I have read and listened to many different responses. One commentator resonated deeply with me when they said, “It’s not about learning to live without someone, it’s about learning to live with the love they have left behind.”

The legacy that Queen Elizabeth II leaves behind cannot easily be summed up in a few words, but I am drawn to her sense of purpose that shaped her life and touched so many all around the world.

Although the Queen was a patron of over 600 charities, you can see how they were carefully selected by her and how they will have benefited enormously from her very active support, as well as her determination to use her position to help others.

Like Queen Elizabeth II, Cancer Support UK has a deep and meaningful purpose that gives us, volunteers and all our supporters an unrelenting drive to help thousands of people every year.

While we have lost an outstanding guiding beacon, we will never forget the love and purpose of her time and it continues to inspire us to do ever more to improve the lives of those impacted by cancer.

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Official Platinum Jubilee Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Credit: Mr Ranald Mackechnie