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Peace Hospice care trip to Highclere

 Published on: 17th September 2014   |   By: The Newsdesk   |   Category:

Peace Hospice The Radlett Peace Hospice Care Support Group recently arranged an outing to the building made famous by hit TV show Downton Abbey to raise funds for two charities. After a hugely successful visit to the Houses of Parliament in the spring, residents visited the magnificent Highclere Castle in Berkshire. The trip was arranged together with Wheathampstead Supporters of Help for Heroes and money was raised for them as well as Peace Hospice Care. Brenda Griffiths, organiser of the outing and on the Radlett committee, said: “It was a wonderful opportunity for two great causes to join together to give everyone a really good day out whilst also raising much needed funds for two such worthy causes. “The castle is just magnificent and we were blessed with lovely weather so we could explore the equally spectacular grounds.” Heather Waterfield, from Help for Heroes, said: “This was an excellent occasion for us to work together and we all had a very good day. “Highclere is such a fabulous castle and it was wonderful to walk around recognising all the rooms and gardens we see on Downton Abbey.  It really is a must visit for any Downton fans!” The cars and vehicles that are used in the TV programme were also on display for visitors to see. In addition to the Downton Abbey connection the Castle was the seat, 100 years ago, of the 5th Earl of Carnarvon, who famously discovered the Tomb of the Egyptian Boy Pharaoh, Tutankhamun, in 1922. £1,100 was raised for the two charities and both Brenda and Heather were delighted at being able to raise so much for two deserving causes. Brenda added: “It is so important that our supporters enjoy events such as this – although a visit to Downton will be hard to match!”

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