CHARITY: Amazing shoot at Highclere Castle for Starlight Children’s Foundation

Yesterday around 80 people attended a clay shoot day organised Starlight Children’s Foundation at Highclere Castle, the renowned home of Downtown Abbey!

Thank you to everyone who attended!

Sunseeker London are proud sponsors of the event and also strong advocates for the Charity.  Starlight Children’s Foundation is a national children’s charity that is dedicated to brightening the lives of children and teenagers suffering from a serious or terminal illness. They have been working for over 30 years to support sick children and their families because they know the difference happiness and laughter can make during times when it feels like there’s not much to look forward to. This is done through extensive hospital entertainment and wish granting programmes. These programmes are based on positive psychology and offer distraction at a time when young people and families are at their most vulnerable. Every year they help over half a million children to look beyond their illnesses and show them the possibilities of life.

Sunseeker London Group Directors, David Lewis and Christopher Head supporting Starlight

Sunseeker are proud to announce that just from the charity auction following the shoot, that Starlight have raised an amazing £128,400! This money raised will make a great different to children’s lives that are in need. Thank you to everyone who took part!

The stunning Sunseeker 155 Yacht model in Highclere Castle
The stunning Sunseeker 155 Yacht model in Highclere Castle

To learn more about the Highclere Castle, home of Downtown Abbey you can purchase several books by Lady Carnarvon:

  • Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey

This was the first book written by Lady Carnarvon and top of the New York Times best seller list for months Almina was the illegitimate daughter of banking tycoon Alfred de Rothschild. She married the 5th Earl of Carnarvon at 19 with an enormous dowry. It is the real story of the fictional series Downton abbey. At first her life was a dizzying mix of grand social occasions and the odd royal visitor. She oversaw 80 staff, many of whose families had worked on the state for generations. But when the first world war broke out, life at Highclere, both upstairs and downstairs, changed forever.

Click here to purchase.

  • Lady Catherine and the real Downton Abbey

Set in the interwar years, this book tells the story of Lady Catherine, a beautiful American girl who married the 6th Earl – Lady Almina’s son. Although they were in love – Catherine had turned down 22 other proposals before meeting “Porchey”, there were considerable challenges. Highclere was threatened with a mountain of debts and towards the end of the 1920’s she began to lose her husband to the distractions of London.

Click here to purchase.

  • At Home at Highclere – Entertaining at the real Downton Abbey

Throughout the centuries Highclere has welcomed royalty, statesmen. Egyptologists and pioneers of technology along with men and women from the world of music art and letters. The etiquette of the invitation, the balance of guests at a weekend house party, their placement at dinners,  and the entertainment of friends, along with the management of a large staff has been the job of successive generations of chatelaines. This book showcases five real weekends that took place at Highclere from the mid 19th century to the modern day and includes examples of meals and recipes that were used to entertain these distinguished visitors. It is a rich compendium of stories and meals from what is these days one of the world’s most famous homes.

Click here to purchase.

Highclere Castle – the stunning home of Downtown Abbey

The day was a huge success and Sunseeker are looking forward to the next event supporting Starlight, such a worthy cause.

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