Oxford Castle Unlocked's local charities are Helen & Douglas House and Oxford Preservation Trust. Oxford Castle Unlocked, as part of Continuum Attractions, has chosen Alzheimer’s Society as its national charity of the year.

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  • Helen and Douglas House

    Douglas House provides a young person with the time to do the things they like to do with the support of the nursing and care team.

    Helen House was the world’s first ever children’s hospice, opening in November 1982. It sprang from a friendship between Sister Frances Dominica and the parents of a seriously ill little girl called Helen who lived at home with her family but required 24 hour care. Helen’s family’s experience highlighted the need for respite care and support for children with life-shortening conditions and so Helen House was set up to help families cope by providing occasional respite care modelled on that provided in the family home – personalised and tailored to individual needs.

    The building was based on the family home with just eight children’s bedrooms, as the small scale provides flexibility, as well as affording the children and families who stay there sensitivity and dignity. The emphasis is on making the most of life, whatever the circumstances. With improvements in medical care, children and young adults with life-shortening conditions are in some instances living longer than ever before. A children’s hospice environment is unlikely to be suitable for someone who is 16 or over, but neither is an adult hospice, which is why Douglas House, the world’s first hospice specifically for young adults, was opened in February 2004.

    Visit the Helen & Douglas website to find out more. Anyone wishing to make a donation may do so by visiting the charity’s website or through the collecting tins at Oxford Castle Unlocked.

  • Oxford Preservation Trust

    The guardians of Oxford Castle Unlocked, Oxford Preservation Trust were awarded a £3.8 million grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund to restore the castle and buildings.

    Oxford Preservation Trust is committed to ensuring a positive future for Oxford, preserving and enhancing the City’s historic character and green setting, whilst recognising the needs of the 21st century city. Founded in 1926, the Trust was one of the first local amenity societies in England, and is now one of the Country’s largest, with over 1000 members.

    The Trust owns over 800 acres of land in and around the City. It encourages an active interest in it, manages it an environmentally sensitive way and gives public access wherever possible. Two of the City’s important green spaces, South Park and Shotover, were given by the Trust to the City for the benefit of the public. There are several listed buildings in the Trust’s ownership, including a fifteenth-century merchant’s house in Abingdon which is open to the public, and the row of seventeenth-century cottages in Turn Again Lane close to the Westgate car park, one of which houses the Trust’s offices.

    In recent years direct project work has increased, notably the restoration of the Martyrs’ Memorial, the completion of a plan for the future of Broad Street, the creation of a new visitor attraction, learning centre, café and public square at Oxford Castle, and throwing open hidden venues of Oxford through Open Doors. The Oxford Castle development features in Heritage Works, a toolkit of good practice.

    Find out more about the important work undertaken by the Oxford Preservation Trust.

  • Alzheimer's Society

    Alzheimer’s Society is a membership organisation, which works to improve the quality of life of people affected by dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

    Many of our 20,000 members have personal experience of dementia, as carers, health professionals or people with dementia themselves, and their experiences help to inform our work