7 May 2019
We are delighted to have been chosen by our 30th Anniversary Patron, HRH The Duke of Cambridge, as one of the beneficiaries of The King’s Cup.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will host the inaugural regatta The King’s Cup this summer to raise awareness and funds for eight of Their Royal Highnesses’ patronages.
The event, which will take place on Friday 9th August on the Isle of Wight, will see The Duke and Duchess go head to head as skippers of individual sailing boats, in an eight boat regatta race. The winning team will be awarded The King’s Cup, a historic trophy first presented by King George V at Cowes’ Royal Yacht Squadron in 1920.
Each of the eight boats taking part in The King’s Cup will represent one of the charities being supported this year by Their Royal Highnesses, including London’s Air Ambulance Charity. The selection of our charity coincides with The Duke of Cambridge’s patronage of our 30th anniversary campaign, ’30 years saving lives.’
His Royal Highness’s patronage was announced prior to his visit to our charity on 9th January, our 30th birthday. The visit saw The Duke meet with clinicians, paramedics, pilots and crew members, to learn more about the challenges of working as a first responder in the capital.
Through his work as an air ambulance pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance, The Duke has seen first-hand the impact wehave upon the lives of patients with critical injuries. We are therefore delighted by his continuing support and championing of first line responders. We are very much looking forward to being involved in The King’s Cup this summer and to have the opportunity to further raise awareness of our life-saving work in the city.