Visitors to Hever Castle have already helped raise over £5,000 for the British Red Cross, Hever Castle’s Charity of the Year for 2022.
The historic attraction is fundraising for the charity until November 2022.
Visitors are able to add a donation when they book a ticket online to Hever Castle and make donations to the charity throughout the year via collection pots on site and £5,388.77 has been raised so far.
The Red Cross charity shops in Kent and Sussex will be displaying posters about the partnership too.
Visitors to Hever Castle in May were encouraged to host a ‘tea party’ in the grounds as part of Red Cross Week (6th to 13th May). Volunteers from the British Red Cross were on site to talk to visitors about their work and wheelchairs were available to hire.
The partnership with the charity is part of a long running association. Former owners of the Castle, the Astors had a strong affiliation. Lady Irene Astor was a president of the British Red Cross and on display in the Astor Suite of the Castle is a photograph of her and Prime Minister Winston Churchill. William Waldorf Astor is also said to have donated $100,000 to the charity during the WWI.
Claire Battersby, Senior Regional Fundraiser at the British Red Cross said; ‘We are delighted to be partnering with Hever Castle for 2022; there is such great history between Hever Castle and British Red Cross and I am really looking forward to working together to raise both the profile of Hever and the British Red Cross. Now, more than ever the British Red Cross needs support from our local community to help raise the funds to continue responding to crises, be it here locally in the UK or internationally in Ukraine and other countries across the globe. Thanks to Hever Castle’s support, we can continue to be there in a crisis.’