A VISIT to Buckingham Palace has led to a major Christmas fundraising campaign for top South Yorkshire dementia charity Lost Chord.
Lost Chord Chief Executive Helena Muller and the charity’s Chairman of the Board of Trustees Chris MacCormac MBE were among the guests at a Buckingham Palace reception hosted by the Prince of Wales and celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Garfield Weston Foundation.
Throughout its history the Foundation has supported a wide range of charities across the country, from small and vital community organisations to large national institutions.
As a result of the evening, Lost Chord has been chosen by Garfield Western as one of 20 charities to be part of their Christmas Big Give campaign, where the Western family will match fund anything raised on line with charity fundraising site the Big Give during the week November 27 to December 4 up to the value £25,000.
Since being founded by Sir Alec Reed in 2007, the Big Give organisation has helped to raise over £98 million for UK-registered charities.
“The evening was an opportunity to celebrate not only the Foundation’s anniversary, but also many of the amazing charities like Lost Chord that it supports,” said Helena.
“It was particularly exciting to see this rich variety of organisations reflected in the wonderful surroundings of the Ballroom of Buckingham Palace and the event was buzzing with great conversations, introductions, idea sharing and the forging of new connections.
“It was a fabulous occasion and a real treat to be invited to the Palace by His Royal Highness.
“It’s quite amazing that a charity founded in South Yorkshire is recognised for its dedication in the field of dementia across the UK.”
But one of the most important parts of the evening, she added, was Garfield Weston’s generous Christmas gift for Lost Chord, the charity that touches the lives of so many people living with dementia with its programme of interactive musical experiences.
“If we were lucky enough to raise £25,000 on line that week it would be doubled to £50,000 plus gift aid,” said Helena.
“However, every bit helps and even if we only raise £5,000 that week we will be in for a £10,000 donation as a result of the Foundation’s support.”
Philippa Charles, the Director of the Garfield Weston Foundation, said: “The Weston Family made an incredible gift to the nation in creating the Foundation so it was especially fitting that this was celebrated at the 60 year milestone and just as it exceeds £1billion in donations.
“We would like to thank His Royal Highness for his kind welcome in hosting a lovely event that will be remembered by us all”.
Look out for details of Lost Chord’s Christmas Big Give campaign at www.lost-chord.org.uk
To find out more about the Big Give visit www.thebiggive.org.uk