08 September 2022

Death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II: a statement from British Red Cross chief executive, Mike Adamson

Mike Adamson CBE, chief executive at the British Red Cross, says:

“We are so deeply saddened by the news that Her Majesty The Queen has died.

“As our Patron for seven decades, The Queen showed enduring support for the work of the Red Cross here in the UK and around the world. 

“From countless financial donations for those hit by disasters at home or overseas, to meeting the victims of crisis here in the UK, The Queen has been a source of support and comfort to people during some of the toughest times in their lives.

“The Queen’s unwavering commitment and lifetime of service has inspired staff and volunteers across our International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, including our Overseas Branches and throughout the Commonwealth.

“On a personal level, I will always be grateful for Her Majesty’s visit to meet Red Cross staff and volunteers who were supporting those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.

"I was deeply moved by her compassion for those who had lost everything and the power of her visit to bring light to such a dark time.

“We share our deepest sympathies and condolences with all of the members of the Royal Family at this sad time.”