We have unveiled specially planted trees, plaques and innovative soundscape benches at our three residential centres to mark the Platinum Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth II, our Patron of 69 years.

We unfurled the bunting and proudly flew the Union Jack as we welcomed guests from local fire and rescue services and beneficiaries to our bases in Cumbria, West Sussex and Devon for a tea and cake celebration, culminating in the unveiling.

Speaking at the event at Jubilee House in Cumbria, our Chief Executive, Dr Jill Tolfrey, said: “Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has, as our Patron, been a loyal supporter of The Fire Fighters Charity for almost all of her 70 year reign.

“I’m delighted to be joining our beneficiaries and members of the local fire and rescue services, who are gathering today at our three centres across the UK, to mark the Platinum Jubilee and to unveil our new Echo Benches, as well as the trees we are planting as our contribution to the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative.”

We commissioned Echo Benches at each of our three UK centres which play a carefully curated and structured soundscape for those seated on them. This forms a guided breathing exercise to help calm the mind.

The sounds were chosen by our beneficiaries, who were asked to share the sounds they associate with positive memories and happiness.

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