Charities We Support
The charities listed on this page are the ones that Whichford House supports. We hold events in the house and garden to raise money for them through the year.
Gynaecological Cancer Fund
Whichford House hosts several events for Gynaecological Cancer Fund (operated by The Grace Belgravia Foundation Charity No.1154755) during the year. We raise money for the groundbreaking research at The Royal Marsden Hospital, led by leading oncologist Dr Susana Banerjee . Her research is to provide a personalised approach to cancer treatment that tailors drugs to each individual patient rather than a one size fits all approach. The Fund is also committed to raising awareness to all five gynaecological cancers that can be be silent killers.
Gynaecological Cancer Fund has set up a Lady Garden Network in which women who are committed to raising money for the Gynaecological Cancer Fund every year, share ideas and experiences about events they organise. Some events involve their gardens or their love of gardening, but they also raise money in many other ways.
Please go to www.gcfund.co.uk for more information, to donate, or to join the Lady Garden Network.
National Gardens Scheme
The NGS opens gardens in England and Wales for charity. It was founded in 1927 in England with the aim of "opening gardens of quality, character and interest to the public for charity". The scheme has raised over £40 million since it began, and over half a million people visit gardens under the scheme every year.
Visitor information is published in a publication called "The Yellow Book".
Every year, a number of gardens in Whichford Village are opened by their owners to the public. Whichford House Gardens is one of these and we also serve teas, sell plants and last year and in 2016 will have a dixieland band.
University of Oxford Development Trust Fund
Church of St Michael, Whichford
St Michael's Church is next to Whichford House and is part of the South Warwickshire Seven Group of churches. It is a beautiful Grade I listed church of Norman origin - and its fine clerestory windows and medieval tombs in the Chancel are testimony to its rich patronage over the centuries.
The Norman de Mohun family gave it some of its finest architectural features, and their chantry chapel is associated with the south side of the church. The de Mohun coat of arms is shown on the right. The picturesque churchyard contains carved headstones of great beauty with some dating from the 17th century. Like all churches today, keeping it in good repair is a challenge for the community and Whichford House, which was home to many of its Rectors, helps to raise funds to ensure that the architechtural heritage of St Michael's Church is preserved.
Warwickshire & Coventry Historic Churches Trust
The Warwickshire and Coventry Historic Churches Trust was founded in 1978 as a part of the network of County Trusts affiliated to what is now the National Churches Trust.
It is a registered charity, entirely non-denominational and self-supporting. Its Trust Fund enables it to help churches within the old county boundary of Warwickshire and the City of Coventry by making grants available for repair and maintenance. This can include conservation of fixtures and fittings and chattels. Local congregations often cannot do this alone, so the provision of additional funds by the Trust is essential.
Shipston Home Nursing
Shipston Home Nursing is a local charity that has been operating for 18 years, looking after terminally ill people in their homes and is run by a team of qualified nurses specialising in palliative care.
The charity looks after the patient and their family for the time required by each individual patient who wishes to remain in his or her own home. Their service covers Shipston, Wellesbourne, Kineton and the surrounding villages and is completely free of charge. They therefore have to raise £180,000 a year to cover nursing costs.
Diva Opera, Britain’s foremost chamber opera company, was founded by Anne Marabini Young and Bryan Evans in 1996 and since then has given more than 2,000 performances of 50 different operas and concert programmes for festivals, theatres and charities throughout Great Britain, the Channel Islands, France, Switzerland, Germany, Sweden, Russia, Greece, Slovenia, Japan and Italy.
Diva Opera’s most notable performances include La Cenerentola at Teatro La Fenice in Venice, a star-studded performance of the party scene from Die Fledermaus at the Royal Albert Hall, accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, with José Carreras and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa as special guests and most recently a gala performance at Chequers in the presence of the Prime Minister and Mrs. Cameron.
Diva Opera perform two operas every year at Whichford House.