Charity Dinner raises £50,000 for Children's Hospice

Post date: 7th May 2017

A charity dinner at Blenheim Palace has raised over £50,000 for an Oxford-based children’s and young adults’ hospice.

 Hosted by the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough, the VIP event featured a silent auction and live music, and tickets to the charity black tie function were £1,000 to raise vital funds for Helen & Douglas House. More than 70 people attended the dinner.

 Opening music was provided by the world-renowned harpist Baroness Wigley, whose professional name is Elinor Bennett. Elinor agreed to play in order to say ‘thank you’ to Helen & Douglas House colleagues for the tremendous love and support they shared with her two sons at the end of their lives in the 1980s.

 The Rt. Hon. David Cameron, whose family also share a close personal involvement with the charity, was the guest speaker. Emily Watkins, Chef Proprietor of the acclaimed Kingham Plough, who had previously worked closely with Heston Blumenthal and won two Great British Restaurant awards, devised a superb locally-sourced menu. 

Charity Dinner raises £50,000 for Children's Hospice
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