In 2013 the Cornbury Music Festival charity partners were Helen & Douglas House, ROSY, and Save The Children. The Festival also supported several other local organisations.

Totals raised for charity were as follows:

Charlbury Pre-School Hog Roast – £8,730

Great Tew School Tea For Tew Tea Tent – £7,810

Save The Children – c.£3,500

R.O.S.Y Respite Care for Oxfordshire’s Sick Youngsters – £500

Helen & Douglas House Children’s Hospice – £3,308

Charlbury Rainbows (Brownies) – £570


Helen & Douglas House

Helen & Douglas House has the time and expertise to care for children and young adults with life-shortening conditions and support their families. The two hospice houses offer specialist symptom and pain management, medically-supported short breaks and end-of-life care, as well as counselling and practical support for the whole family.

Helen House was the world’s first children’s hospice, opening in 1982. Douglas House opened in 2004 as the world’s first hospice specifically for young adults aged 16 to 35.

We have to raise around 85% of the £5 million we need every year to run the two hospice houses, via voluntary donations. This means we are almost entirely reliant on the goodwill of individuals, groups, schools, colleges and businesses within our catchment area.

We care for young people and their families from Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Gloucestershire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and parts of London.

helen and douglas

Lily, from North Oxfordshire, is five years old and has spinal muscular atrophy, type 2. She has been coming to Helen House for three years and her family stays with her.

Jo, Lily’s Mum said; ‘Lily likes to visit the wonderful gardens and use the tree house. She also likes to dress up in the costumes, play with the toys and computer and use the spa pool. Coming to Helen House is a welcome break and a mini holiday with everything you need.’

RosyROSY (Respite nursing for Oxfordshire’s Sick Youngsters)

It is often difficult to contemplate, but some children are born with life limiting or chronic conditions and others develop them early in their lives.

Most can be nursed at home, it is what their families want, for it is often better for the children to be with their loved ones, their own pets, toys and familiar surroundings but this need places an enormous burden on the families.

The demands on the National Health Service, often victim of its’ own success, mean that support to these families is understandably limited; this is where ROSY comes in.