Palace Hosts Charity Dinner for Children’s Hospice

Apr 24 2017

David Cameron and Jeremy Clarkson will be among the guest speakers at a charity dinner at Blenheim Palace to raise funds for a local children’s and young adults’ hospice.

Held in the Palace’s Great Hall and Saloon on May 4th, the charity event will include a silent auction and live music and aims to raise in excess of £50,000 for Helen & Douglas House.

Limited to a maximum of 90 guests, the dinner will also feature live music by harpist Eleanor Bennett, violinist Matthew Trusler and pianist Ashley Wass.

Blenheim Palace’s resident chef Billy Bush will be working with well-known television chef Emily Watkins, co-owner of the Kingham Plough near Chipping Norton, to produce the menu for the evening.

“Helen & Douglas House is a truly inspirational charity and one that is very close to my heart,” said Her Grace, the Duchess of Marlborough.

“They were the pioneers in offering respite care for families in the very worst of circumstances and providing them with hope, support and love in the darkest of times.

“I am exceedingly proud and happy to be helping, in some small way, to support and promote their life-changing work and would like to thank everyone who is working so hard to make this event into a great success.

“As well as fundraising it is vitally important we are able to spread the word about Helen & Douglas House to a wider audience,” she added.

Opened in 1982, Helen & Douglas House was the world’s first children’s hospice to provide respite care to families with children suffering from life-shortening conditions. Douglas House, for young adults, opened in the same grounds in 2004.

“It’s fantastic to have the support and goodwill of the Duke and Duchess and the team at Blenheim Palace,” said Helen & Douglas House Chief Executive Officer, Clare Periton.

“As a charity we rely almost entirely on donations to continue this vitally important work and events like these are crucially important to us,” she added.

There are currently around 300 families being cared for by the charity and they also actively support over 60 bereaved families.

The charity provides medical, emotional and practical support helping families deal with the implications of living with a child who will die prematurely, so they can make the most of their time together.

It costs £5.3m a year to run the specialist hospice service, including family & bereavement support for the whole family and an outreach nursing service.

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