King Charles III becomes Patron of the Printing Charity

15 May 2024

Following a major review of more than 1,000 Royal Patronages and charity Presidencies, and marking the first anniversary of Their Majesties’ Coronation, The Printing Charity is extremely proud and honoured to announce that His Majesty The King has accepted the role of Patron of The Printing Charity. This role was previously held by the late Queen.

Neil Lovell, Printing Charity CEO, said: “We are really delighted and honoured that His Majesty has agreed to be our charity Patron.

“His Majesty’s patronage is incredibly important to us, not just because of our long association with the Royal family, but as recognition of the work we do and services we offer for people who work or have worked in our sectors. As we approach our 200th year in 2027, and we look to how best to develop our future services, it’s a real boost to receive this news and the continued recognition for our organisation.” Every Monarch since Queen Victoria has held the role of Printing Charity Patron, and the King himself was Charity President in 1977.

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Photo credit: Benjamin Wareing. Photojournalist Ben was a 2020 Print Futures (now Rising Stars) Award winner, and has photographed almost every member of the Royal Family to date.

For more information please contact Liz Ross Martyn, Director of Marketing & Engagement, on 07842 200071 or [email protected].

About The Printing Charity: Office for National Statistics data from March 2023 shows there are 20,000 businesses employing 248,000 people across the print industry and allied trades. The Printing
Charity has been providing practical, emotional and financial support to people who work or have worked in these sectors since 1827, and is proud of its heritage.

The organisation’s charitable aims include promoting independence, protecting dignity and furthering education. Today the charity fulfils these aims and meets the needs of those it helps through a free 24/7 helpline, financial assistance, signposting to specialist services, two sheltered home Almshouse schemes for people retired from the sector, and initiatives supporting sector specific training, with a focus on young people starting out in print through the annual Rising Star Awards.

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