The Queen presents certificates to the winners of the Mayflower fundraising campaign

The Queen with pupils from Johanneberg School in Gothenburg, who won this year's Mayflower fundraising campaign. Photo: royalcourt.se

Kahin Kafashian receives a certificate from The Queen. Photo: royalcourt.se

Daniella Gebremeskel receives a certificate from The Queen. Photo: royalcourt.se

The Queen with the Researchers of the Year, Anna Gradin Franzén, Veronica Lundberg, Fabian Lenhard and Åsa Strinnholm. Photo: royalcourt.se

On Thursday 4 September, 30 pupils from Johanneberg School in Gothenburg came to the Royal Palace of Stockholm to receive certificates from The Queen.

The pupils won this year's Mayflower fundraising campaign competition. They managed to raise a total of SEK 166,300.

The Mayflower Charity Foundation for Children was founded in 1907, and is Sweden's biggest children's charity. The campaign runs for two weeks, after which the foundation helps children in various ways throughout the year to alleviate the effects of child poverty and financial vulnerability. This is done through direct grants to individual children, additional funding for schools and associations, opinion-forming, raising awareness, research and summer activities.

The Queen also presented certificates to the Mayflower Association of the Year, the Blossoming Company of the Year and the Researchers of the Year.

Mayflower Association of the Year

The Mayflower Association of the Year 2014 is Uppsala Association, which was one of the first to be founded in Sweden, in 1908. This year, the funds raised by the association rose by SEK 280,000 to SEK 864,000.

Blossoming Company of the Year

For the third time, Laholms Sparbank has encouraged children in the municipality to raise money by matching the sum raised. This inspiration and encouragement has helped make Laholm one of the most generous municipalities in Sweden when it comes to raising money for the Mayflower campaign.

Researchers of the Year

The money raised from the sales of Mayflower pins also goes towards research into children's wellbeing. Researchers Veronica Lundberg, Anna Gradin Franzén, Fabian Lenhard and Åsa Strinnholm received certificates and presented their projects to The Queen and the children from Johanneberg School.

Find out more about the Mayflower Charity Foundation for Childrenexternal link, opens in new window.