In 2014 the Cornbury Music Festival charity partner was Helen & Douglas House.
The Festival also helped raise much needed funds for:
The Brain & Spine Foundation Bristol Children’s Hospital Carrdus School, Banbury ROSY
Charlbury Street Fair Chipping Norton Lido Christopher Rawlins Primary School, Adderbury
Cotswold Youth Choir The Firefighters Charity The Heythrop Hunt Charlbury Pre-School
Holy Trinity Primary School, Chipping Norton Kingham Primary School King’s High School, Warwick
Leafield Village Fete The Cardiomyopathy Association ABF The Soldiers Charity Bottletop
Earth Trust SS Philip & James’ C of E Aided Primary School, Oxford Great Tew School
St Mary’s C of E Aided Primary School, Chipping Norton Charlbury Rainbows Enstone Primary School
Helen & Douglas House
Helen & Douglas House is a hospice for children and young adults in East Oxford. There are two hospice houses across the garden from one another; Helen House for children from birth to 16 and Douglas House for young adults, aged between 17 and 35. We provide vital respite breaks, end of life care and post bereavement support to families who have children and young adults with life shortening conditions living in Oxfordshire and the surrounding areas. It costs over £5 million a year to run the two hospice houses and we receive only 15% of this from the NHS and other statutory bodies. The rest is raised through voluntary donations from groups, individuals and businesses in our local communities.
When children and young adults stay with us we make sure that, as well as providing superb specialist care, we offer opportunities and experiences they might not get otherwise, such as music therapy.
Music therapist Ceridwen explains “The point of music therapy is to see what the child still can do rather than what they can no longer do. So often the family see what their child is unable to do and yet in music it’s one of those amazing things where the child can still respond. Hearing is one of the last senses, so even when a child is really ill, there’s still a musical response.”