I CAN responds to the passing of our Patron Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II

09 September 2022

I CAN responds to the passing of our Patron Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II

I CAN, the children’s communication charity, expresses its profound and deepest sorrow at the passing of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.  
As Royal Patron of I CAN for many years, Her Majesty’s support for children and young people with challenges learning to talk and use words throughout the United Kingdom will remain a source of inspiration for so many of us.    

Queen Elizabeth II became Patron of I CAN (formerly known as ICAA) in 1953, upon the death of Queen Mary, who had been our patron since 1891 - three years after I CAN was first founded. 

Her Majesty, alongside her sister Her Royal Highness Princess Margaret who was our President from 1957, attended many of our charitable events and opened several new education centres throughout the UK including a new building at Pilgrim School in 1987, Verulam House in 1992 and the Princess Margaret Hall at Meath School in 1992 respectively. 

Throughout her life, Her Majesty gave so much support, not just to I CAN, but also to some of the most vulnerable in society through her patronage of countless charities. Her Majesty leaves a lasting legacy in the hearts of so many people.  

Our deepest sympathies are with the Royal Family who are all in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. 

Jane Harris
Chief Executive

Roy Blatchford CBE 
Chair of I CAN’s Trustee board 


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