Queen's girls joined cabinet minister Ian Duncan Smith to celebrate the 40th anniversary of one of the UK's most remarkable charities. Christian charity Save the Family marked its 40th birthday with a special service at Chester Cathedral with the former Conservative Party leader as guest speaker. The charity reaches out to families in distress due to issues such as separation, abuse, financial problems or drug and alcohol addiction. Its main centre at Cotton Hall Farm in Cheshire now has accommodation for up to 32 family groups where they receive mentoring, childcare support and help with the many complex social problems they face.
Much of the evening was a tribute to the organisation's life president Edna Speed whose granddaughter attends Queen's. Ian Duncan Smith even joked that he had cancelled a meeting with the Prime Minister to attend the event. Music was provided by leading Christian musician Graham Kendrick, composer of the well-known hymn 'Shine Jesus Shine'.
"The evening was a real insight into the inspiring work of the charity and gave an idea of just how many people they have been able to help down the years," said Queen's sixth former Cat Sutton.
"The focus of the charity is on the wellbeing of the children and it was amazing to see how much they are doing to help keep families from all sorts of backgrounds together and happy."
Queen's girls will soon be visiting Cotton Hall Farm as part of the volunteer work they do on the school's QUEST sixth form enrichment program. The group of students involved will spend Wednesday afternoons between now and Easter at the site helping with various projects with and for the residents like arts and crafts activities, fundraising and marketing.