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A legacy for Ditchley

Published: Monday, 3rd August 2015

In the summer of 2014, we used the occasion of the Annual General Meeting to launch the Ditchley Foundation Fabric Fund, to raise funds to support the cost of repairs and restoration work in the Grade I listed house at Ditchley Park.  This has been a notable success, raising in excess of £130,000 in the last year. We are extraordinarily grateful to everyone who has supported the Fund, whether by donating or attending one of a number of fundraising events organised in the last twelve months, and hope contributions will continue.

At this year’s AGM we relaunched the Legacy Campaign, encouraging all those for whom Ditchley occupies a special place in their hearts to consider remembering the Foundation in their wills. Anyone who has crossed the threshold into the Great Hall at Ditchley Park knows that something special happens once inside this magnificent building, ensuring that any feeling of grandeur is quickly displaced by intimacy, as conversation flows, connections are made or rekindled, and new lines of thinking emerge.

Sir David Wills’ original endowment remains the principal source of funding for the Foundation, supplemented by a number of additional revenue streams including the sponsorship of conferences and income from the expanding guest conference programme. However, given the vagaries of the investment market and rising costs more generally, the endowment is not sufficiently large to guarantee Ditchley’s future and risks being depleted at an unsustainable rate. 

We are asking all those who have experienced Ditchley to consider remembering the Foundation in their will.  A gift by this means will cost the donor nothing in their lifetime, but a bequest, whatever the size, will be of enormous benefit to the continuation of this unique and independent institution, which provides space, both physical and intellectual, for high-level dialogue on global policy issues, whilst also preserving a unique and historic house for future generations.

There is more information about the Legacy Campaign available by clicking here or if you would like further information about making a bequest, please contact Katie Williams, our Communications Officer by email; or by telephone on +44 (0)1608 677346.

Sir John Holmes