Sunrise Walk Raises More Than £2,500 for Grief Support Charity

Oct 11 2021

A sponsored sunrise walk at Blenheim Palace in memory of loved ones has raised more than £2,500 for a grief support charity working with children and young people in Oxfordshire.

The event, which was organised by SeeSaw, Blenheim’s charity of the year, attracted 130 people.

The fundraiser is a chance for people to walk with others and celebrate the lives of family members and friends, whether they died recently or many years ago, as the sun rises over the estate.

“We are so grateful to Blenheim Palace for hosting our misty morning stroll last weekend,” said SeeSaw’s Director, Judith Mulligan.

“Huge thanks to all the Blenheim staff, the wonderful SeeSaw volunteers and everyone who joined us for our second Sunrise Walk,” she added.

Participants could opt for either a 1.5-mile circular walk around the Queen Pool, or a 4.5-mile walk around the Park perimeter.

“We were delighted to host SeeSaw’s second Sunrise Walk and welcome a huge range of walkers to enjoy a dawn wander around the estate,” said Blenheim’s Samantha Vaughan.

“It was wonderful to see how the different groups came together and chatted and provides an inspirational way to celebrate and remember loved ones while raising money for a fantastic cause,” she added.

Blenheim’s Charity of the Year scheme is part is part an ongoing commitment to more than double its charitable contributions to the community within 10 years.

Since its launch in 2000, SeeSaw has supported over 7,000 children from over 4,000 families to reduce the emotional, psychological, and mental health consequences of bereavement.

As a registered charity, it relies on its own fundraising for over 85% of its grief support running costs. The cost of running the service is approximately £425,00 a year for which it depends on widespread support from individuals, local communities, businesses and trusts.

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For more information please contact Maddie Bain at SeeSaw on 07732 494 379 or email or Niamh O’Sullivan at NO’


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