Charity of the Year

Charity of the Year

The Charity of the Year is nominated by Waddesdon Manor staff and volunteers and is not an open application programme. 

Charity of the Year offers Waddesdon Manor staff and volunteers the opportunity to support a charitable cause in the local community. The successful charity is awarded a grant by the Rothschild Foundation with staff and volunteers joining events or volunteering opportunities across the year to ‘unlock’ the funding.

Staff and volunteers nominate charities which are;  

  • Within 30 miles of Waddesdon estate 
  • Provide benefit to the local community
  • Work in the key areas of interest to the Rothschild Foundation and Waddesdon: arts and heritage, education, environment, or social welfare
  • Support people as primary beneficiaries (rather than animals)

Charity of the Year 2020 – Lindengate 

Based on a five-acre site in Wendover, Lindengate offers specialised gardening activities to help those with mental health needs in their continuing recovery. Their services, known as Social & Therapeutic Horticulture, use the healing power of nature and the outdoors to improve mental wellbeing, boost self-esteem and social inclusion and encourage long-term recovery. The charity has been nominated each year we have run the Charity is of the Year and is clearly a popular choice.

We are delighted to be working with the team at Lindengate through our programme of Charity of the Year events over the coming months. They responded to the good news by saying:

“Lindengate Mental Health Charity is incredibly grateful to the staff and volunteers at Waddesdon Manor, for choosing us as your Charity of the Year 2020. The partnership between The Rothschild Foundation at Waddesdon Manor will enable our charity to raise awareness of our unique work within the local community, and raise much needed funds to enable the continuation of vital support to those with mental health needs.”

As the NHS considers new ways to help those with mental health needs, including social prescribing, award winning Lindengate Mental Health Charity is forefront in offering an alternative solution to those with a range of mental health needs from the age of 14 upwards. With 1 in 4 people experiencing mental health issues, Lindengate is unique, being the only one of its type in the Aylesbury Vale. Supporting over 100 service users a week (known to us as Gardeners) we offer nature based activities, using the healing power of nature to improve mental wellbeing and encourage recovery. We believe that if you nurture nature, nature will nurture you.


2019 – Florence Nightingale Hospice

2018 – Bucks Young Carers