Remembering HM Queen Elizabeth II

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A message from our CEO

On Monday, September 19th, I was honoured to represent Nacro at the funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey. The Queen served as Nacro’s patron for many years, having visited services in the past and, even as she reduced her commitments as she aged and redistributed patronages to her family, Nacro remained under her care.

If you watched it on TV you won’t need me to tell you what an extraordinary spectacle it was, if you didn’t then there are millions of words in the papers which can do it more justice than me.

It was an extraordinary privilege for our organisation to attend, and a testament to the late Queen’s support for our work and our sector.  In all of my years I have never felt more proud of the people I work with and the difference they all make.

Campbell Robb, Nacro Chief Executive

Our Memories of The Queen

Visiting Nacro, 1986

Her Majesty visiting Nacro services in July 1986, including receiving flowers in the North East, and discussing resettlement with Helen Jones of Nacro’s Prisoner’s Link Unit and Basil Williams of Nacro’s Ethnic Minorities Development Unit.

Patron’s lunch, 2016

In 2016, staff from Nacro were invited to a street party to celebrate the Queen’s official 90th birthday, with staff reflecting on the celebrations: “The Queen’s patronage and invitation to this celebratory lunch meant a great deal, signalling Her Majesty’s recognition that people deserve a second chance and the opportunity to move on.”

Totton College students’ Platinum Jubilee song, 2022

Earlier this year, our Totton College Skills for Life students with special educational needs worked with teacher, Marcus, to write and record a song celebrating HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Marcus went on BBC Radio Solent to talk about the process and share the song. Listen here.