Every year at Goodwood we support some exceptional charities, raising money and awareness for good causes both during our summer season and also the rest of the year.
Goodwood Estate Official Charity
Chestnut Tree House
Chestnut Tree House is the only children's hospice in Sussex and cares for 300 children and young adults up to 25 years of age from East and West Sussex and South East Hampshire, with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses. Our goal is to provide the best quality of life for children, young people and their families, and to offer a total package of practical, social and spiritual support throughout each child’s life, however short it may be.
It costs almost £3 million each year to provide all our care services, both at the House and out in the community. That equates to a staggering £6,850 per day or £285 per hour. Families are never charged for their care and the hospice receives less than 8% from central government, so we rely heavily on the generosity, help and support of our community to enable us to continue providing vital care to children and families .
Royal Air Force Benevolant Fund - The Goodwood Revival Beneficiary
The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund (RAFBF) was formed in 1919 and is the RAF's leading welfare charity, providing financial, practical and emotional support to members of the RAF family in their time of need. The size of that family exceeds 2 million people and includes serving personnel, veterans and their dependants. The RAFBF helps members of the RAF family deal with a wide range of issues: from childcare and relationship difficulties to injury and disability, and from financial hardship and debt to illness and bereavement. The charity does this directly through its grants, care and mobility services, and indirectly through grant-making to other charities that provide specialist services of benefit to RAF family members. The RAFBF built and maintains the RAF Memorial on the Embankment and is also the guardian of the Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park, which was recently unveiled by HM The Queen in 2012 - both memorials are symbols of 'The Debt we Owe', which is the motto of the RAFBF.
The RAFBF also runs a respite home, Princess Marina House (PMH), in Rustington near Littlehampton, for the veteran community, plus two seaside cottages for the serving RAF. In 2015 the RAFBF launched an appeal to develop two further seaside apartments at PMH for the serving RAF, to help meet demand for such facilities, which offer welfare breaks for serving personnel and their families.
Best Beginnings and The Reading Agency - Goodwood Racecourse Beneficiaries
The two chosen charities, Best Beginnings and The Reading Agency, both accomplish incredible work in their individual fields and we are delighted to be able to support such worthy causes.
In 2014 our Ladies' Day Charity Race, The Magnolia Cup, raised £200,000 for charity, and has raised £800,000 in total over the last four years.
Best Beginnings works to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for children in the UK and to help reduce child health inequalities. They create and deliver accessible, engaging, evidence-based resources to educate and empower parents, equipping them with the knowledge and confidence to give their children the best beginning. The charity also develops supporting change programmes to better enable healthcare professionals to support families.
The Reading Agency
Five million working-aged people have poor literacy skills. The Reading Agency works with a huge range of partners to run creative reading programmes, which support people of all ages to become passionate, skilled and informed readers. Adult learner Nicola, from Brent, said that her personal life is “Richer and a new career in teaching is in sight”. While Tina from Hull said “All my life, since I was young, people have told me I was thick, but I knew deep down that I wasn’t and now The Reading Agency has brought that out, and I have proved what I can do”. We want everyone to feel the way Nicola and Tina do - because everything changes when we read.