Queen Elizabeth has shown her support to a Bucks-based charity by sending them a letter of encouragement.

The 94-year-old, who is self-isolating with her husband Prince Philip, sent the letter Epilepsy Society which is based in Chalfont St Peter.

The Queen is a patron of the charity.

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Her Majesty wrote: “I have been continually impressed by the excellent work of your staff in providing vital care for residents and members across the United Kingdom.

“As you adapt to the challenges of today, whilst still providing this essential support, it is my hope that your families and the wider community will continue to assist you practically and emotionally.

“My thoughts and prayers remain with all those concerned with the work of the Epilepsy Society.”

Clare Pelham, chief executive at the Epilepsy Society, said: “It was a wonderful surprise to receive a letter from the Queen, particularly during National Epilepsy Week.

“When the Queen addressed the nation in a rare speech in April, it really helped to rally people in the sacrifices they were making to help us collectively tackle Covid-19.

“So it is a real boost for our staff at the Epilepsy Society, to receive a personal message from the Queen.

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“We have many key workers who have been working tirelessly to safeguard very vulnerable people with epilepsy and associated disabilities.

“They are doing an amazing job in keeping residents at our Chalfont Centre safe, and in ensuring that life is as normal and happy for them as possible.

“At the same time, our non-care staff have been finding new ways to work and communicate from home to ensure that we are still able to offer vital services to the 600,000 people with epilepsy across the UK.

“On behalf of us all at the Epilepsy Society, I would like to extend our thanks to Her Majesty the Queen and to express our own hopes that she and Prince Philip stay safe and well.”