Festival links up with Prince’s Foundation for children
THE Henley Festival has a new charity partner in a bid to help more disadvantaged children.
It will donate a minimum of £50,000 a year for the next three years to the Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts.
This will be instead of funding the festival’s own charitable trust, which it says has failed to interest its audiences.
The trust funded many projects, including the Henley Festival Orchestra and an associated music tuition scheme, and a music therapist for Headway. In 2012, it helped deliver the Tree of Light project for the Cultural Olympiad.
Gill Mitchell, the festival’s chief executive, said: “Nobody has really taken on board the charitable work that we have done, which is an indication that it is not particularly inspiring.