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 .
Veteran's charity D-Day Revisited
Thousands of lives were lost during the D-Day Landings in June 1944. D-Day revisited, pays tribute to those who never came home. The charity organises pilgrimages for Normandy Landings Veterans; helping them to return to France to commemorate the D-Day anniversary. They also recod veteran's unique memories to ensure they are never forgotton.
The Charity has now taken on the daunting project of a 75-year-old Motor Antisubmarine Boat which saw active service durring WWII. Once restored, it will be docked and used to educate future generations.
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.