It is with great sadness that we join with members of the fire service community, the whole country and people from across the world in mourning the passing of Her Majesty The Queen, our loyal Patron of the past 69 years.

Chair of The Fire Fighters Charity, John Baines, said: “Her Majesty The Queen has been a dedicated supporter of The Fire Fighters Charity, formerly the Fire Services National Benevolent Fund, for almost her entire reign. On behalf of all Trustees who have served on the Board of our organisation over the past 69 years, I would like to pay tribute to her incredible loyalty, support and service as our Patron. We join with the country, Commonwealth and beyond to offer our sincere condolences to the Royal Family at this incredibly sorrowful time.”

Chief Executive of The Fire Fighters Charity, Dr Jill Tolfrey, said: “On behalf of everyone at The Fire Fighters Charity, our beneficiaries and supporters, I offer my sincere condolences to the Royal family following the death of Her Majesty, The Queen. Her Majesty’s support of the Charity over seven decades has been of great comfort to so many of those we have supported and we all join with the rest of the country in mourning her loss.”