Castle partnership bears fruit for St Michael’s

Eastnor Castle has long been known for its eye-catching charm – but its fundraising is just as worthy of acclaim.

The popular tourist attraction near Ledbury, in the shadow of the Malvern Hills, has collected well over £15,000 for St Michael’s Hospice having chosen it as their Charity of the Year for 2018.

The money, totalling £15,701.80, came from a wide variety of fundraising events including a 100-ft abseil down the Castle’s north turret, hosting the Hospice’s first Open Gardens event of last year, plus a Sounds of Summer music event featuring the St Michael’s Hospice Community Choir.

‘We’re delighted our friends at Eastnor Castle have helped us raise such a significant sum of money for their Hospice,’ said Paddy Nugent, the Community Fundraising Manager at St Michael’s.

‘The year has provided us with some wonderful memories and the money will help St Michael’s continue to care for patients and families affected by a terminal illness.’

Money was also raised through collection buckets on the entrance to the venue, plus raffle and auction prizes donated by those at the Castle, which were held at various Hospice-related events throughout the year.

‘We’ve loved having St Michael’s Hospice as our Charity of the Year and we’re so glad the 12-month partnership was a great success,’ said James Hervey-Bathurst, owner of Eastnor Castle.

‘St Michael’s care reaches so many people throughout Herefordshire and beyond, and we’re delighted this money is going to such a worthwhile cause.’

If you or your business would like to support St Michael’s, you can contact Paddy on 01432 851 000 or email