Following the havoc wreaked by Hurricane Dorian, The Queen has made a donation to the Red Cross Disaster Fund.
The money raised will go towards helping to rebuild the lives of more than 20,000 people in the Bahamas who were affected by the devastation of the hurricane earlier this month; bad weather had delayed the arrival of emergency relief.
The Queen is, of course, the Head of State of the Bahamas.
Red Cross Global Response Manager Luis Sfeir-younis commented on the royal support: “The Red Cross emergency response in the Bahamas is well underway, but we are uncovering more damage, and more need with it, day by day. The next few weeks, months and perhaps even years will be some of the hardest moments in the lives of the people affected, as most people have lost so much.”
“The recent tropical storm has caused further challenges with getting much-needed relief items and specialist people on the ground, with delayed ferries and cancelled flights. We are reacting to the situation as it unfolds in an ever-changing picture.
“The Red Cross’ top priority remains getting emergency items like food and shelter to people on the worst affected islands, and to shelters for evacuees in the capital of Nassau. The generosity of our donors, including Her Majesty The Queen, are helping to make this happen.”
Work undertaken by the Red Cross includes offering shelter, reuniting missing people with their families, and offering mental health support, alongside the basic needs of hunger, and hygiene.