Blenheim chooses cancer group as official charity

William Fox-Pitt celebrates his CCI3* win at Blenheim on Seacookie.
William Fox-Pitt celebrates his 2012 Blenheim CCI3* win on Seacookie.

Cancer care and support organisation Macmillan is this year’s nominated charity for the Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials.

The announcement of Macmillan as the event’s official charity is in recognition of former event secretary Juliette Brindley, who died last year after a long fight against cancer.

“With one in three people suffering from cancer there are very few of us who are not touched, either directly or indirectly, with those we love being affected,” Event Director Mandy Hervieu said.

“Macmillan nurses do so much to help those who suffer and their families and we know Juliette thought very highly of them”.

As well as having the charity nominated in Juliette’s honour, the Organising Committee will also be awarding a cup in her memory for the most stylish combination at the final horse inspection and who completes the competition.

The Macmillan Area Fundraising Manager, Stella Krajewski, can’t wait to get started implementing some of her equine related ideas.

“We will be getting very involved in the event, not only bringing ponies who are involved in therapy treatments for cancer patients and their families but also highlighting the other valuable work of Macmillan at the event,” she said.

“We will be encouraging pony clubs and riding groups to raise money for Macmillan throughout the year with equine related events through which they can win tickets to Blenheim.”

With their corporate partners, Macmillan also hopes to utilise the many opportunities and facilities at the event, such as hospitality pavilions and display areas and to encourage a new market of spectators to come along and enjoy the event, and in the process, help raise money for this worthwhile charity.

“In previous years some of the professional eventers entering our ‘fun’ classes such as the high jump and bareback, and those doing displays have also kindly donated their fees to the charity and the event makes a donation, based on ticket sales,” Hervieu said.

The Fidelity Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials take place between September 12 and 15.


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