10. Double our charitable contributions to the community

One of our ten goals is to double our charitable contributions over the ten-year period from an opening level of £1.1m pa. We are fulfilling this promise in a number of ways. Our direct charity contributions this year totalled £60,000, with money going to Archway, Macmillan and Oxford Playhouse.

Each year, also, via our Blenheim Bursary, we commit to support a wide range of local organisations that follow the year’s chosen gifting theme. The bursary is open to applications from organisations located within a 20-mile radius of the Blenheim site. This year, our theme was ‘Wellness and Outdoors’. The theme was divided into five main areas; Wellbeing and Outdoor Activities, Social Prescribing in the Community, Creation of Green Spaces for Leisure Activities, Collaborative Communal Projects, and Community Infrastructure Support.

Groups receiving funds from the Bursary included: FarmAbility, Oxfordshire Youth, Stonesfield Allotments, Sustainable Woodstock, Forrest Bathing and West Witney Primary School. We also gave grants to Woodstock Youth, WUFA, Yarnton Scouts, Yarnton Primary School, Oxfordshire Play Association, RDA, Citizens Advice Bureau, Beautiful Barton, Children’s Allotment, Finstock Primary School,Girl Guides Woodstock and Hailey Primary School.