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 2023 – Chiltern Music Therapy

Chiltern Music Therapy provides Music Therapy, Neurologic Music Therapy and Community Music services both digitally and in person across England.

Working with people of all ages and needs, Chiltern Music Therapy work with people in acute, targeted, rehabilitative, continuing and preventative care in healthcare, education and care home settings and also in the community. Some of the different areas they support are Brain Injury & Neuro Disability; Mental Health; Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties; ADHD; Early Years; Life Limiting Conditions & Palliative Care.

In addition to all the wonderful work that Chiltern Music Therapy do, they also provide regular training opportunities for Music Therapists and other Allied Health Professionals and Arts in Health professionals, in addition to nurses, healthcare workers, educators, SENCO’s and students. Chiltern Music Therapy’s values are ‘Share, Dare, Deepen, Listen and Care’ – they are rightly proud of the impact their work has across numerous settings.

As part of our offering several events took place in 2023, in collaboration with and in support of Chiltern Music Therapy. One of the highlights was an ‘Inclusive Singing Afternoon’ which was organised by Chiltern Music Therapy and hosted at Waddesdon Manor. This took place in September 2023 with the talented Choir on the Green and the charity’s community groups, ‘Let’s Sing’ and ‘Silver Singers’ performing and providing visitors with a truly magical event.


2022 – Vana Trust Organic Farm

2021 – Hector’s House

2020 – Lindengate

2019 – Florence Nightingale Hospice

2018 – Bucks Young Carers