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Charity news - January 2014

PUBLISHED: 12:17 10 January 2014 | UPDATED: 12:18 10 January 2014

See the snowdrops at West Wycombe Park

See the snowdrops at West Wycombe Park

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Charity news and events in the area

Stars turn out for Rosie’s ball

TV stars turned out when Rosie’s Rainbow Fund hosted a spectacular fund raising ball at the Crowne Plaza in Marlow, raising in excess of £13,000 which will be used to fund the immensely valuable work carried out by the local children’s charity.

Patrons Lucy Benjamin of EastEnders fame, and Joanne Froggatt who stars as Anna in ITV’s Downton Abbey attended the ball. Sound Force, a 24-piece swing band from Marlow provided the big band sound and the evening was attended by 230 guests.

Carolyn Mayling, founder of the charity, explains: “Rosie’s Rainbow Fund was set up in 2003 to realise the wishes of our 11 year old daughter, Rosie Mayling. As owners of Redroofs Theatre School, our family business, Rosie grew up surrounded by theatre and already experienced at putting on her own fund raising shows, as well as appearing on numerous shows and in TV and films.

“She was diagnosed with Vasculitis, an auto immune disease affecting her blood vessels. During the many months in hospital at the John Radcliffe in Oxford, Rosie and her family became acutely aware that there was little support in place for the families of very ill children. Rosie decided when she was better that she wished to raise money for these children and their families.”

Following Rosie’s untimely death in 2003 the charity was set up and over the last 10 years has provided a lifeline for thousands of children and their families with regular music therapy for the children, aromatherapy massage for the parents and ongoing bereavement support for parents who have lost a child.

If you have any fundraising ideas or would like to donate see www.rosiesrainbowfund.co.uk, tel 01628 675350.

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Join the Snowdrop Walk

By the end of this month our counties will produce their usual carpet of beautiful snowdrops in many locations - and one of the best spots is at West Wycombe Park.

So we’re delighted to join with the Saunderton-based charity Child Bereavement UK in inviting families to take part in their 14th annual Snowdrop Walk there, on Sunday 9 February from noon until 4pm.

The Snowdrop Walk is a special day to remember the babies and children who have died, and the children who are bereaved each year. Snowdrops will be available for purchase on the day and charity staff and volunteers will be on hand to help with the planting at The Temple of Venus within the park. Special activities for children will include a Rhyming Creature Hunt so children can join in and find the missing rhyming creatures throughout the walk and receive a fun-filled goody bag at the end.

Hot food and refreshments will be available from West Wycombe Village Hall at the end of the walk, where some extra children’s activities will also be taking place including colouring and puzzle building.

Chief Executive of Child Bereavement UK, Ann Chalmers, said: “The Snowdrop Walk has been well supported over the years by local families. As ever, we are very grateful to Sir Edward and Lady Dashwood, for their ongoing support on this special day in Child Bereavement UK’s calendar. It’s a lovely way to spend a Sunday in a beautiful setting and to admire the grounds of the park. Every penny raised will go towards our vital work supporting bereaved families, so please come along and join us.”

Pay on the day

Adult: £2.50, Concessions and children over 3: £1.50, Children under 3: Free, Children’s Rhyming Creature hunt: £1

West Wycombe Park restrictions: only guide and hearing dogs allowed.

See www.childbereavement.org.uk

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