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Highclere Castle event for children with cancer

The Earl and Countess of Carnarvon were kind enough to host a special evening at Highclere Castle on December 18th to raise funds for Southampton’s pioneering children’s cancer unit Piam Brown.

Guests were welcomed into the castle for an evening of champagne, canapes, magic , carols and an exclusive tour of the house which was made world-famous by the series Downton Abbey. 

Piam Brown is one of only 20 specialist paediatric oncology units in the UK. It has become a national and European centre of excellence for neuroblastoma and the development of immunotherapy treatments.  

Work on the £1.7 million scheme to renovate and expand the regional centre at Southampton Children’s Hospital began last April with Southampton Children’s Hospital Charity – part of Southampton Hospital Charity – committing to raise £550,000 to refurbish the unit.

HRH the Duchess of Cornwall has visited and given unwavering support to the programme, which has “transformed the experience for children with cancer and help make their difficult journeys more manageable”

“I am delighted to support Southampton Children’s Hospital Charity and am inspired by the courage of the patients and families as well as the compassion and skills of the doctors and nursing team.” – Lady Carnarvon  

Jeneen Thomsen, Head of Major Gifts at Southampton Hospital Charity, said: “We’d like to thank the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon for hosting this event as well as the kind people who donated holidays or other prizes for our auction to raise funds for Piam Brown.  

“Although the majority of the refurbishment cost has been met, there is the last amount to raise. Further fundraising will support the unit with additional equipment and services as we continue to help the children on their journey through their treatment”. 

Without the support of staff, individuals, community groups and companies it would not be possible for our charity to deliver projects like this one. If you would like to find out more about supporting Southmapton Hospital Charity please call 023 8120 8881 or email  

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