St John International celebrates gift from the Patron’s Fund 3 March 2017 St John International is celebrating after receiving 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. A spokesperson from St John International said, We are delighted to have The Queen as our Sovereign Head of the Order of St John. This money will help pregnant women, new mothers and their babies to have better access to health care services in Malawi. Each year more than 200,000 women and 1 million newborn babies die from maternal health and newborn complications in Sub-Saharan Africa. 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 St John International with its valuable work. St John International 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.