Friday, 23 July 2021

Festival’s boost for hospice

THE charity finale to this year’s Henley Literary Festival has resulted in a £2,200 donation to Sue Ryder.

THE charity finale to this year’s Henley Literary Festival has resulted in a £2,200 donation to Sue Ryder.

The cheque was presented under the Christmas tree in the hall of the charity’s hospice in Nettlebed by actor Jeremy Child, who was in a special performance of readings from the book Dear Lupin with Robert Portal.

The event at the Kenton Theatre, which rounded off the festival in October, was introduced by actor Simon Williams.

The book is based on letters written by the late Roger Mortimer, a racing journalist, to his son Charlie.

Child, who lives in Ewelme, played the part of the father and said: “It was a wonderful evening which we thoroughly enjoyed putting on and I am thrilled that we managed to raise so much for what is a wonderful local charity.”

Moira Logie, regional fund-raiser for Sue Ryder, who received the cheque, said: “We are delighted to receive this donation, especially as it comes from what was such a memorable evening. Everyone I met there said how much they enjoyed it and Jeremy and Robert were both excellent.”

It was the first time the festival had put on a charity event. Festival founder Sue Ryan said: “It was something we had wanted to do and there can be no better charity than Sue Ryder. We are looking at putting on another charity event in 2014.”

Next year’s festival — the eighth — is scheduled for September 29 to October 5.

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