Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust

The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, like the Pears Foundation, seeks to effect real change. Through our partnership, we are combating blinding trachoma in Africa, changing people’s lives for the better by preserving their sight. We aim to eliminate the disease completely in Malawi, Kenya and Uganda and to make significant advances towards elimination in Mozambique, Nigeria and Tanzania. The vital support from The Pears Foundation is bringing this ambitious goal closer.
Dr Astrid Bonfield CBE, Chief Executive, Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust
This is an important partnership for our family that reflects our multiple identities. The values of the Trust, and its mission to end preventable blindness, reflect the values that underpin our Jewish identity, our British citizenship and our sense of global responsibility.
Trevor Pears CMG

The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust is a charitable foundation established in 2012 to mark and celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s sixty-year contribution to the Commonwealth at the time of her Diamond Jubilee.

The Trust’s mission is to enrich the lives of people from all backgrounds within the Commonwealth by working with partners towards eliminating avoidable blindness and empowering a new generation of young leaders.

The Trust has a five-year time frame in which to deliver successful programmes. Through grants, advocacy and convening, it is working with partners to create sustainable improvements to the lives of Commonwealth citizens, in line with Commonwealth priorities. It aims to leave a lasting legacy, owned by the whole Commonwealth, in honour of Her Majesty The Queen.

The Trust has joined the global movement to end avoidable blindness. It is working to combat three major avoidable causes of blindness in the Commonwealth and to strengthen the eye care sector as a whole. It is seeking to tackle blinding trachoma, diabetic retinopathy and retinopathy of prematurity as well as funding fellowships, research and technology within the field of avoidable blindness.

The Trust is also working to empower a new generation of young leaders across the Commonwealth, where more than 60% of people are under the age of 30.  The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme, a partnership with Comic Relief, The Royal Commonwealth Society and the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education, seeks to discover, support and celebrate exceptional young leaders from across the Commonwealth. It is also helping to transform the lives of young people through grants to youth-led and focused organisations.

Pears Foundation has contributed funding to the Trust's blinding trachoma programme.