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CCJ is delighted to announce that it has been gifted a £2,500 gift from ‘The Patron’s Fund’, the charitable fund set up to acknowledge the work of the charitable organisations for which Her Majesty, The Queen acts as a Patron, on the occasion of her 90th birthday.

Around £750,000 is available to distribute between nearly 300 charities and other organisations in the UK and the Commonwealth. The Fund received generous donations from a range of supporters; including individual donors, businesses, schools, community groups and the proceeds from ‘The Patron’s Lunch’, the event on the Mall last June.

CCJ is the leading nationwide forum for Christian-Jewish engagement, with over 30 branches around the UK. Its work focuses on Education, Dialogue and Social Action.

CCJ Director, Elizabeth Harris-Sawczenko said: ‘Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has been the Patron of the Council of Christians and Jews since 1952, making us one of the first charities to which Her Majesty ever pledged her Patronage. We are very proud to have the UK’s longest reigning monarch as Patron.

This gift was made to support bringing Christian and Jewish professionals together to discuss, share best practices and work together on key public policy issues. In 2017 our work in this area will focus on Freedom of Speech and Social Care within our respective communities.’

Sir Stuart Etherington, Chair of The Board of Trustees for The Patron’s Fund, said:

‘The Patron’s Fund’ is very pleased to be able to support the Council of Christians and Jews with its valuable work. CCJ is among hundreds of organisations for which The Queen acts as a Patron, which between them make a difference to causes and communities in the UK and throughout the Commonwealth.’

For further information on the work of CCJ contact: cjrelations@ccj.org.uk  or call (0203) 5153003 or visit www.ccj.org.uk

For further information on The Patron’s Fund (Registered Charity No. 1164171), email  info@thepatronsfund.org.uk or visit www.thepatronsfund.org.uk