Blenheim's Fireworks raise £9,000 for charity
Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill handed over a cheque for more than £9,000 to Oxfordshire Youth at Blenheim Palace.
Lady Henrietta was joined by Blenheim Palace’s Operations Director, Heather Carter, as she handed over the giant cheque to OY CEO Jodie Lloyd-Jones and other members of the charity.
The money was raised during Blenheim’s Fireworks and Laser Show, which took place at the beginning of November.
“We are extremely grateful for this donation, thank you to everyone who attended the Firework and Laser show and to those who donated to us on the night. This donation supports us in our mission to ensure that all young people are empowered, feel respected and know that they are valued,” said Jodie.
“We are extremely grateful to Lady Henrietta and the Blenheim team for their ongoing support, we are forever grateful,” she added.
With a history spanning over 70 years, Oxfordshire Youth is the leading youth organisation for the youth sector in Oxfordshire.
OY oversees a network of youth sector organisations, brought together through its merger with Oxfordshire Children’s Voluntary Youth Service, together reaching over 6,500 young people.
As part of its official role as a charity partner, Blenheim will be lead sponsor for the Youth Awards, a major event recognising significant achievements in the youth sector, which will take place in May 2020.
Blenheim also staged the business launch of Oxfordshire Youth’s Young Leaders Programme in the Orangery on 13th September and hosts an annual fundraiser for OY in December which raises around £12,000.
The Spencer-Churchill family has a long association with the organisation. The 10th Duke of Marlborough was President of the organisation, then known as the Oxfordshire Associations of Boys Clubs, in the 1960s before his son, the 11th Duke, took over in the early 1970s.
In 2011 he stepped down from the role in favour of his daughter Henrietta Spencer-Churchill, who remains its President and is closely involved with the charity.
For more information on the work Oxfordshire Youth carries out visit www.oxfordshireyouth.org