Eastnor Castle announces St Michael’s Hospice as its Charity of the Year

Exciting partnership includes significant support package for St Michael's throughout 2018

One of Herefordshire’s most spectacular venues has kicked off the New Year by announcing it is teaming up with St Michael’s Hospice.

Eastnor Castle, just outside Ledbury, has chosen the Bartestree-based Hospice as its Charity of the Year for 2018.

The partnership will see Eastnor Castle offer a significant support package to St Michael’s over the next 12 months.

Events already confirmed include an abseil from the top of the Castle on 31st March, and on 12th April the grounds will be open for the public to explore.

David Littlewood, General Manager of Eastnor Castle, said: ‘St Michael’s Hospice is an amazing local charity and we have seen first-hand the benefits they give local families. As Eastnor is a family home and we welcome thousands of families each year, St Michael’s Hospice is a perfect partner for us to support. We’ve already enjoyed meeting some of the team at the Hospice and look forward to working with the charity in the year ahead.’

The support package offered by Eastnor Castle includes exclusive use of the venue for a function, a number of family tickets for use by the Hospice to fundraise, and collecting tins in the visitor entrance.

Ruth Denison, the St Michael’s Hospice Director of Income and Marketing, said the Hospice is looking forward to working with Eastnor Castle.

‘It’s an honour to have such an iconic venue choose St Michael’s as its Charity of the Year,’ she said.

‘Eastnor Castle is a renowned visitor destination, for those in Herefordshire and further afield.

‘We’d like to thank them for their support, and we look forward to a great year together.’

Details of the specific fundraising events will be announced on both the Eastnor Castle and St Michael’s Hospice websites once finalised.

St Michael’s Hospice provides palliative care to patients across Herefordshire and the surrounding areas, plus support to their loved ones.

Photo: Paddy Nugent (left), the Hospice’s Community Fundraising Manager, with James Hervey-Bathurst from Eastnor Castle