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 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.”
ROSY (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.