Queen makes personal donation to East African charity appeal

Queen Elizabeth II
H.M. The Queen at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in London, 18 December 2012. Photo: Foreign & Commonwealth Office

It has been revealed that the Queen is making a personal donation to a UK charity appeal helping families facing starvation in East Africa.

The announcement from Buckingham Palace came as Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson visited Somalia for talks about security and the drought in the region.

In an effort to encourage the British people to lend their own support, the government has said it will match the first £5m donated by the public, effectively doubling the charitable collection.

Lending his own personal support, runner Sir Mo Farah – who spent his early childhood in some of the worst affected areas in Somalia – gave his backing to the appeal, saying it “breaks his heart” to “see children without food and water”.

“As a father of four, it hurts to see children without food and water, but this is a reality being faced by parents in East Africa right now.

“The drought is really bad and there are millions of children at risk of starvation.” – Sir Mo Farah

Sir Mo is ambassador for Save the Children, one of 13 UK aid agencies brought together by the UK’s Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), which says at least 16 million people in Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan need food, water and medical treatment.